Growing Sprouts at Home the Easy way!
by Phillip Koh.
I have grown up in a Korean immigrant family household where I spent my years as a young boy in the busy city of Seoul, and in the United States ever since the middle school age. Sprouts are big in Korea, and majority of households eats it on a regular basis. Other than Kimchi, which is the number one side dish, this one is pretty up there. but the Korean version is soybean sprouts, they are yellow and big when sprouted, and I remember growing up as a child where my Mom regularly made us the Kongnamul guk(soybean sprout soup) or the side dish Kongnamul muchim (the marinated/cooked sprout side dish) which is also very popular in Korea or in Korean households in general. I remember listening to Maangchi (famous Korean youtube cook) on her youtube that this is her favorite thing to eat (or one of favorite things to eat, I think she was talking about the soup, and if not then the side dish)
I absolutely love the soup and the side dish as well, and its one of the healthiest things I can imagine eating literally – as well as it being truly delicious and refreshing – so I was trying to figure out how to obtain them without driving regularly to a Korean market which is at best half hour away from home. I am a busy grad school student and a blogger / budding entrepreneur so anything to save time is a good thing. It just came to me. I was like.. what if there was a sprouter? wouldn’t that be a great idea? and I did some search on the internet accordingly and voila, there it was. a Sprouter, on Amazon. Voila! first of the following pics is the one I am using. But I’m sure there are other good ones out there also.
You don’t need any soil, you don’t need electricity, all you need are any seeds for spouting, like mungbeans or alfalfa sprouts for example, and water, and that’s it. You water the top part, it trickles water down to the different levels of the trays and drains to the bottom one and then you discard the water next time you water it. you only need to water it twice to three times a day, and that’s it. I usually do about 3 times a day. sometimes more. but you don’t need more than 3 times. I water it when I get up (and rotate the bottom tray to the top one) and then in the middle of the day I do it again, and then before I go to bed or before I retire to my room for the night I change it for the last time for the day. It’s seriously awesome, in different ways. It’s clean, couldn’t be easier, and couldn’t be healthier either. you soak the beans for a few hours (how long depends on what kind of beans / how big they are) and then lay them out on the tray, put them back in, water the top and change them a couple times a day and you are ready to harvest in a few days – something like 4-6 days is my best guess at the moment. I will blog about the couple of the recipes using these amazing sprouts in the coming weeks so stay tuned!