My mom is one of the most frugal people I know. And when it comes to food, there isn't much that she doesn't either grow in her garden and/or make from scratch. When we visited in May, she was still using quite a few *fresh* things from her garden last year!
My mom sprouts her own bean sprouts for her Beef Chop Suey. I've not done much with sprouts, as it remains yet another topic I want to explore but haven't yet, but as a child I do remember rinsing alfalfa sprouts and bean sprouts. :)
To make your own bean sprouts, you'll need:
2-3 tablespoons (dry) Mung beans (you can buy these at a bulk food store, health food store, or even on Amazon.com)
1 quart glass jar
Cheesecloth and rubber band, or a lid with holes to fit your jar
Soak the dry beans in water overnight or about 10 hours.
Drain the beans well. Cover the mouth of the jar with a piece of cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band, or you can use a lid that has holes (like a strainer). Place the jar, tipped up like in the photo, in a bowl. You want the beans to stay damp but not too wet.
Place the jar and bowl in a dark (but not cold) place, or, cover with a couple of towels to keep the light out. My mom uses towels and keeps the sprouts on her kitchen counter. That's a good way to not forget about them! ;)
Rinse beans twice daily. Sprouts will be finished in 6-7 days, and should completely fill your quart jar. You can eat them as pictured, or, if the little roots bother you, pinch them off. :)
What should you make with your finished bean sprouts? Why, Beef Chop Suey, of course! ;) Any other suggestions for good ways to use bean sprouts? I'd love to hear about it in a comment! :)