Sprouting Beans

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March 1, 2022

The sprouted lentils.Everyone can do this. You only need a container with a cover. You may use many kinds of beans. I used lentils this time.

Not only are bean sprouts delicious, they are healthy. They have more protein than beef, more vitamin C than citrus fruit, and are a more complete food than any other food source.


Total Time: 3-5 days for lentils

Yield: 1/4 cup dried = 1 1/2 to 2 cups


  • Beans
  • Paper towels
  • Opaque container with a cover
  • Water


  1. After dinner, rinse and drain beans.
  2. Adding water to the lentils
  3. Soak them in 80 degree F water. Use at least 4 times as much water as beans. I used 2 cups of water for 1/4 cup beans. Let them soak at least 8 hours to as much as 16 hours. The warmer the room is, the less time they will need.
  4. Allowing the lentils to drain.
  5. The next morning, rinse the seeds again in cool water. Pick out any rotten seeds.
  6. The damp lentils.
  7. Place the seeds evenly at the bottom of the container. Soak 4 paper towels in warm water. Place the dripping towels on top of the beans and cover the container.
  8. The clean lentils in a bowl.
    A bowl of lentils soaking in water.
    Placing a wet paper towel over the lentils.

  9. If you are home in the middle of the day, sprinkle the towels with some drops of water. This is not necessary.
  10. That evening, uncover, remove the towels, add water to cover the beans about one inch, and let sit 5-15 minutes.
  11. The lentils soaking in water.
  12. Drain off all the water.
  13. Draining off the lentil mixture.
  14. Use your hand to stir the beans so they bottom ones come to the top to encourage even sprouting.
  15. Mixing up the lentils to ensure even sprouting.
  16. Moisten the towels, cover the beans and cover the pot.
  17. Covering the lentils with a wet paper towel

  18. The next morning, fill the container with water. Remove husks that have floated to the top. Drain well, moisten paper towels and set aside.
  19. Soaking the lentils in water.
  20. Sprouts started to form on mine.
  21. The lentils starting to sprout.
  22. Repeat the steps above every day until the sprouts are long enough and are to your taste. My lentils took 4 days. The optimum length for lentils is 1/2 inch to 1 inch.
  23. The sprouting lentils.
  24. When you are ready to eat the sprouts, give them a final rinse and drain. The hulls of lentils are soft and edible. You may want to remove harder hills. Store leftover sprouts, loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel and then put in a tightly sealed plastic bag, in the refrigerator.
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  26. (Optional) set the sprouts in a sunny window for a few hours to enhance their vitamin C and chlorophyll content.
  27. A bowl of sprouted lentils.
A sandwich with lentil sprouts.
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