August 17, 2012

The Easiest Way To Sprout Beans

Having grown up in mini Mexico, beans are a comfort food. I could eat them every day, they taste so good! On another hand they take a little effort and time to traditionally prepare them. And lets face it, who wants to spend more time in the kitchen? Let's figure out this traditional cooking the lazy easy way!

I can got into many reasons why it's best to sprout or soak your beans before you eat them, but others have done the research for me! I know they are easier to digest,  have more nutrients and don't cause gas when they're sprouted or soaked. Now we're talking.

Did I mention it's so easy to sprout your beans? It takes some planning, but well worth the effort to get the most out of this nutrient dense and frugal food. 

To make it frugal and easy, we:

  1. Buy beans in bulk. If you have access to Azure Standard or another food co-op it's a great way to save on beans. You may also be able to find them in the bulk section of your store. 

     2. Spout in bulk. I make sure to spout, cook and freeze enough beans for a few meals. It cuts down
         on the kitchen time. 

The Laziest Easiest Way to Spout Beans:

1. Grab your gallon jar or large bowl and fill half with beans.

2. Cover the beans with water and add an acid medium such as: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, whey, kefir or yogurt. 1-2 tablespoons should be enough.  This is an important step.

3. Soak the beans overnight. Drain and let the beans sit in a colander near or in the kitchen sink.

4. A few times a day rinse and mix the beans.

5. Watch them sprout! Depending on the bean it may take 1 to 4 days to start showing little sprouts. Once the sprouts are about 1/4 - 1/2 inch you can cook them. Enjoy!

Linking up at Fight Back Friday, Fill Those Jars Friday, Pennywise Platter and Simple Lives Thursday


  1. This is great! Thank you very much!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration to give sprouting beans a try. I always soak mine, but never get around to sprouting.

    Thanks for sharing this with Fill Those Jars Friday. Hope to see you again later this week!


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