Step by step, how to sprout beans and lentils in a wide mouth mason jar with a sprouting lid.

These instructions apply to any bean or lentil or mix containing them. (With the exception of kidney beans which should never be eaten raw)

In this example, I used 'Sol's High Power Protein Mix ' which contains garbanzo beans, mung beans and lentils. 

This mix is ready to eat in about two days when there are small roots. With beans and lentils, you do not wait for a leafy shoot to grow because by that stage, the flavor is bitter.

How do you know when it's ready to eat? On day 2, taste a bean or lentil. If it's crunchy and slighly sweet, it's ready.

For quantity, one cup of dry beans/lentils yields about 1 - 1.5 cups of sprouts.

This mix can be eaten raw as a snack or side dish. It can be stir-fried or sprinkled on soups instead of croutons, and added to salads or wraps. 

When sprouting, follow food hygiene measures, wash hands and make sure all equipment is clean.

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Mason Jar Sprouting Step by Step

For more information on the different ways to sprout seeds, legumes and grains, please see my book 'Home Grown Sprouts' published by Quarry Books.

Plastic sprouting lids, Sol's High Power Protein Mix and my book are available in my online store, please click below.

Sprouting Lids

Home Grown Sprouts Book

Sol's High Power Protein Mix

Thank you! Your friend in sprouting, Sprout Lady Rita.