Friday, 7 February 2014

Mike's bean sprouts

Mike likes bean sprouts, if we have a Chinese takeaway he always orders some stir fry bean sprouts as a side dish. I'm not overly fond of them but don't mind a few as part of a dish.

He returned from fishing on Sunday early enough for a quick visit to the garden centre, I was extremely well behaved & only bought some bird food for the Robin I have seen in the garden & a little saucer as a tray for the seed.

While perusing the seeds I spotted a packet of mung beans, these when sown on a damp cloth eventually turn into bean sprouts. Even though they were disgracefully priced at £2.89 we bought them.

The beans needed to be soaked over night in a bowl of water, I took a handful out (at that price the full lot wasn't going in!). This morning I placed a damp cloth in a container & scattered the beans on top. Now the beans need to be grown in a dark environment. They have been covered in cling film & newspaper & put away. I will need to check in a couple of days to make sure the cloth is still damp. In 6-9 days Mike should have some nice fresh bean sprouts for a stir-fry. If they are a success I think I shall look for a cheaper supply of beans.

Enjoy your day

25 comments:

  1. I must try and grow some beansprouts, they're a great way of getting fresh home grown food in the depths of winter. Whole food shops can be a good place to look for them, especially ones that sell them loosely. Lentils (the big ones) and chickpeas are nice sprouted as well.

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    1. I've since found a huge bag of them in Tesco for £2.99, it will last for a couple of years judging by the amount you need for bean sprouts for a meal.

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  2. It'll be interesting to see how they grow. Flighty xx

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    1. I've had a quick peak & they have started to sprout.

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  3. Sprouting seeds are incredibly expensive to buy but you can buy any seed and sprout it yourself...I love them, especially this time of year when you aren't getting much from your garden!!

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    1. They are highly expensive, I nearly put the packet back.

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  4. I will try this method, I usually sprout seeds in a jar rinsing and draining every day. i will also look in Tesco as that is a very good price.

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    1. We did look for a sprouting jar but there weren't any for sale at the garden centre. They were in the ethnic food aisle.

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  5. Could you try to grow one into a bean plant and maybe crop some seeds? :)

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    1. I could try, I bet it would be too cold here though. It would be an experiment if nothing else.

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    2. Thinking more a just for fun thing.

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    3. It might be a fun project though , I wonder how tall the plant would grow

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  6. Is this part of the encouraging Mike to cook program! I hope that he enjoys his sprouts, I am with you on this, I like some in things, but not masses on their own. xx

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    1. They are just too crunchy for me though I do like water chestnuts. between the sprouts & stupid hot chillis there will be some interesting meals on the table from Mike I fear!

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  7. Never tried this, be interesting to see how it goes!

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    1. It's good fun, you have to cover them up in the dark for several days.

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  8. I like a few in a dish but would never order a side dish of them, Mike must be really keen on them. Perhaps you could find a nice recipe which calls for them and then you could get him cooking.

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    1. He does like them a lot, with his cutting technique he is rather good at a vegetable stir fry.

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  9. Awesome post and must have ago as I like to nibble on them during the day like I have a bowl healthy little nuts by the computer better than crisp or sugar biscuits and some fruit

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    1. I'm not too keen on them, I'm sure I would be happier with crisps & biscuits. We could do a swap?

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  10. I quite like bean sprouts, but like you, would prefer crisps or biscuits! Hope they're successful ....

    Thanks for Poppi g over to me earlier, and hope you persuade Mr about the wallpaper!

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. They seem to be doing well so far & if I buy the paper he will have to put it up. It's too expensive just to leave on the roll.

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  11. I can't believe you paid £2.89 for a bag of Mung beans! Was it a SACK?? You can buy fresh beansprouts in out local Chinese "superstore" for 50p a bag, and that's for a huge bag.

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    1. A sack pah! it was a very small packet. We could buy them for 50p too but I'm not that keen on them. I have since found a five year supply for £2.99, a much better prospect.

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  12. Here, bean sprout is called 'kecambah' or 'toge'. It's sold in the traditional markets or groceries. But it will be more interesting if we make or own sprouts

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