View Full Version : Storing mung bean sprouts
01-22-2005, 03:40 PM
Each time I buy mung bean sprouts, they end up going bad before I can use them. Anyone here know the best way to store them? In a jar of water? In a jar w/o water? How do you store them?
Thanks in advance!
01-22-2005, 07:49 PM
*turns on feisty-mode*
Okay now yall...as much assistance as I try provide around here, I know SOME-one out there has a suggestion for me with these sprouts.
Come on now, don't put me on "ignore"...I'm not the only one here who eats/uses mung bean sprouts! I'm counting on you to help me out here, please.
01-22-2005, 07:57 PM
I've had the same problem with mung bean sprouts. I'm interested to know also.
Have you tried storing them in water before? I haven't tried that.
01-22-2005, 08:03 PM
Well, once I did. I just had a bowl and put them and water for a couple of days. They did pretty okay, but I need to know the longest they can be stored and the best way to store them for longer than a couple of days at a time.
01-22-2005, 09:17 PM
I find that most of my sprouts don't last very long...especially if I am lazy about refridgerating. Here in florida, I put EVERYTHING in the fridge, so I run out of room easily.
I was thinking that perhaps those special produce bags they sell in the Health Food stores might help? THe bag is supposed to breathe, and yet help produce last days longer than normal...
I do the whole ice water in a dish with the sprouting jar sitting it in to keep cold when I sprout in the summer time heat:cool: ...that keeps them from spoiling on the counter.
Any one else have any ideas?
I sprout them and eat them when done, I have trouble storing sprouts for long too.
Wish I could offer more than an empty post of "I don't know"
01-23-2005, 10:37 AM
Thank you for your responses ladies! I guess it's a common issue. I'll just have to not buy a lot at one time so they end up getting used up and not having left over to waste.
01-23-2005, 03:11 PM
Rawkinlocks, I think the reason this is a difficult question to answer is because of the many variables involved. For instance: moisture in the sprouts, fridge, and atmosphere Whether there were any mold or mildew spores in the batch, or if some are already in the fridge. I was going to recommend an exeriment, but then I realised it would be different every time you tried it.
Sorry for just one more vague response ;)
01-24-2005, 12:21 PM
timely question. I just bought a big bag of these sprouts this weekend (don't normally buy this kind for some reason).
i think that too much moisture can definitely be a problem. what if you took them out of the bag and wrapped them in paper towels and then put them in ziploc. i know that that method is used to help control moisture/stop spoilage for lots of other produce.
other than that....i'm not sure. i will try that method i just suggested when i open up the bag tonight....will let you know how it works out for me....how long it lasts....
either that or you will have to start pushing bean sprouts on your family....make BEAN SPROUT salad....all bean sprouts with a little lettuce or cilantro and a tangy vinaigrette :D
Juan, Judy & Alex
02-14-2005, 10:11 AM
Hello to all, I started sprouting beans, so far garbanzo and mung. They have sprouted so beautifully but they are still hard. How does one get them to soften for use in salad etc..?
02-14-2005, 11:15 AM
I store all my produce in Evert bags, www.evert-fresh.com/ The produce has to be dry. So, maybe you can dry them out in paper towels or towels and then store in evert bags. They keep the produce much much longer. This is from http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/foods_view/1,1523,36,00.html.
Refrigerate sprouts in the container or loosely packed in plastic bags; tightly packed sprouts will be crushed and begin to decay quickly. Do not wash them before storing; plan to keep bagged sprouts for no more than three days. Boxed sprouts will stay for four to five days; snip the sprouts as needed, leaving the tangle of roots in the box. Check your stored sprouts frequently and be sure to remove any that have become slimy or discolored.
02-14-2005, 11:45 AM
wendy is right, drainage is crucial to keeping your sprouts fresh. also, you might want to consider growing your own. the reason why is when you buy from another source you do not know how long they have been stored. when they are grown, they have to be transported to the store, then they have to wait until they get stocked out in the produce section until someone buys them. so actually from start to finish, when growing your own, they will last a lot longer. on the contrary, i heard that sprouts will keep growing and keep fresh as long as they are rinsed thorougly daily and drained well
JJ&A - since beans are a starch, they will be probably always be hard, but maybe you can try sprouting them longer? I haven't sprouted them for longer than three days and those were lentils i believe. hope this helps! RAchel
Juan, Judy & Alex
02-14-2005, 11:59 AM
Thanx Rachel, will try lentils. Our seed sprouts are DELICIOUS :D
02-14-2005, 04:13 PM
If anyone wants to know about a good sprouter, I have a great one. Email me and I will tell you more about it, plus my husband has 8 extra ones that he thought he was going to sell, and well, he just never got around to it!~
02-14-2005, 04:55 PM
i want to know about the good sprouter. i tried to email you directly but the email bounced back to me.
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