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I love sprouts...I'm partial to bean sprouts because I love the cunchiness...adzuki, mung, chickpea, lentils....I, too, notice that the ones they sell in grocery stores are usually not very fresh-looking. So now I sprout my own...it's sooo simple and easy!
 

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I don't have a 'sprouter'...I started out using a glass jar. I soak the beans overnight. Then I put a stocking over the top of the jar and drain the water out. Rinse the beans, let sit overnight again, rinse the beans, etc. for 3-4 days or until the beans are sprouted.

Then Jessica Alana mentioned that she keeps hers in a colander and doesn't bother with the jar. You just rinse the beans once or twice a day in the colander (after soaking first overnight). It works perfectly, especially for chickpeas and beans. I never sprouted anything smaller than a lentil, so I'm not sure how it would work for tiny things.
 

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Actually, you buy a bag of dried chickpeas, adzuki beans, lentils, etc. Soak them overnight...you'll be surprised they don't really soften at all. Then you drain them and put them in a corner somewhere...I usually leave them on my counter with a dishtowel covering them. In one-two days or so you will see the tiny sprout budding through. Just remember to rinse them 1-2 times during the day...I usually do it morning/night. And apparently, you don't need much of a sprout to reap the benefits. When I first did it I thought the sprout had to be really long. But I read somewhere here on VB that it's not necessary. I really don't know about sprouting alfalfa or broccoli, etc. You might need a sprouter for that since they are so small. I would imagine they would fall through the colander, but maybe the jar method would work for those. Plus, I've never seen alfalfa seeds or broccoli seeds anywhere!
 
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