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Mung bean sprouts has lots of use when it comes to cooking. However, at times you can't find it  available in common supermarkets here in abroad and usually can be found only in Asian markets which at times can be a bit far from where you are. Since mung beans can be sold in most grocery stores and you wanted to have mung sprouts, the best thing you have to do is grow it by yourself. 

In fact the safest sprouts are those that you have grown in a jar or a bottle at your very own home. And the least safe sprouts are the one from the supermarkets which have been grown from different places and been on the shelves for more than few days when they first put in.

Actually seeing mung beans sprouting gives you a satisfying feeling. After a day you will see that they are starting to grow. And for only less than a week you can harvest them and can be part of your cooking recipe. What can you say about that?!

According to Good Food for Good, mung bean, also know as Vigna radiata and by its common names green gram or simply as mung, is a small green legume that is the smallest member of the bean family. It resembles a small whole bean that is encased by a green husk. [17]

Aside from a crispy and nutty yummy taste, you can also get vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C,  Iron and folate that are essentials to your body functions out of this sprouts. Although mung bean sprouts are beneficial, please note that it can carry bacteria, so raw sprouts should be avoided by children, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system. You'll lose some of the nutrients, but you'll kill any potential bacteria, by cooking the sprouts. [18]

So let's find out what are the things we gonna need for this project.

  • 1x 2L water or soda bottle 
  • soldering gun
  • any dark colored plastic or clothing
  • 100 ml mung beans (recommended) - if use more than that the sprout will get overcrowded and unable to breath like what happened to this video
  • water
TIPS: Buy a mung beans that are not plastic air tight packed. Plastic air tight pack mung beans has decrease oxygenation and sometimes can makes the beans die.

  1. Prepare your bottle by removing the label if able to and makes hole around depending on the design that you like. TIPS: If  you want your bottle upright, I would recommend to bore holes on the upper side of the bottle. But if you want to put the bottle horizontally, I would advice to avoid putting holes on the bottom part to prevent it from dripping, simply concentrate making holes on the top.
  2. Prepare your mung beans. Wash thoroughly for few times to remove dirt and impurities. Then soak it with clean water for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, drain the old water and wash the mung beans again, then place it inside the water bottle. Drain the remaining water from the bottle to prevent the bottom beans from soaking and getting rotted. 
  4. Cover the bottle with dark coloured plastic or clothing. The reason for this is to produce a longer sprouts because they are trying to look for light which is essential for their growth, so they need to have longer stems to achieve this. 
  5. Let it stand in one corner and the ideal temperature for growing is 20 degrees Celsius. If the environmental temperature is cold it will prevent them from growing fast and if it warm the tendency is they easily get rotten. 
  6. Please note that you have to wash mung bean sprout twice a day ( morning and evening ) everyday. This is to remove dirt and prevent the moulds from forming. Every time after washing make sure you drain the remaining water and cover it again with darker plastic or cloth. 
  7. Repeat the whole process until day 5 or on the day of your choice.
  8. Remove the mung bean skin by washing it with water above the level of the sprouts. Other skins will still remain so you can manually remove it. 
  9. So now you can enjoy cooking your favourite mung bean sprout recipe!

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