How to Sprout Beans Whilst on a Bike Tour

We have to thank our friend Barbara Maddick for the suggestion of sprouting our own beans whilst on the road, thus giving us (ok, me – Tamar) a regular supply of fresh and healthy things to munch on.

I didn’t know the first thing about sprouting but Barbara assured me that after an overnight soak dried mung beans would become edible – no cooking required! Intrigued I did some googling (sproutpeople.org was very useful) and whilst most sites recommend a few days of sprouting time after the initial soak, my own experience matches Barbara’s: mung beans are absolutely palatable after just one night’s soak, but I think are even better at the end of a day’s sprouting. They’re so tasty that I have yet to leave them long enough to find out how they might taste after two days.

I’d read that you can use a hemp bag as a travelling sprouter and hang it outside your rucksack (or panniers), but I feared the tropical heat would dehydrate this too quickly, so I’ve cobbled together a sprouter that can sit inside our pannier pocket where it is protected a little from evaporation but still allows the beans to breathe so they don’t rot. If you’re using waterproof panniers you may have to find a different place for your sprouter.

The sprouter in situ in a pannier pocket.

The sprouter in situ in a pannier pocket.

The sprouter is made out of an old (clean) sock and an empty plastic peanut butter jar with the centre of the lid cut away to leave just the rim. (I recommend Steffi’s Delight peanut butter as it contains no added sugar).

What you'll need.

What you’ll need.

So, what do you do next?

Before you go to bed:
• Empty some dried beans into the sock (remember that they double in size as they swell so don’t over-fill it).
• Knot the sock and drop it into the peanut butter jar.
• Pull the sock tight around the rim of the jar and secure using the remains of the lid.
• Fill the jar with fresh water and leave overnight.

Beans soaking.

Beans soaking.

In the morning:
• Empty the soak water away and rinse the knotted sock of beans with fresh water.
• Return the sock to the jar and re-secure (make sure the beans are suspended away from the bottom of the jar). Excess water will drain into the bottom of the jar so your pannier stays dry and air can enter through the top and circulate around the moist beans.
• Place in your pannier and start pedalling.

At the end of a day’s pedalling:
• Open up the sock and spoon out delicious, crunchy, sprouted beans. Nom, nom, nom!

Ready to eat.  Enjoy!

Ready to eat. Enjoy!

6 responses to “How to Sprout Beans Whilst on a Bike Tour

  1. what a brilliant idea. just tossed a PB jar out so am going to retrieve it to have a go. useful while at home too.

  2. got DH to cut out the top of the PB jar so think I will give it a go. Mind you it probably works faster in the warmth you have unlike the weather here.

    • Great, I hope it works out for you. I did read about the optimum temperature range but I’ve forgotten what it was…I think we’re a bit above optimum!

  3. I’ll bear that in mind next time I have an empty peanut jar and an old clean sock!!
    XXX

  4. Peanut butter is the scourge of the modern world, so I’ll use a different jar! But this is a brilliant post – absolutely love it! Hugs to you both.

    • What? Peanut butter (gotta be crunchy and preferably a no-sugar variety) is second only to hummous in the savoury heaven stakes…and if mixed with marmite then it ramps up to first place. Still, if you’re not keen on it then all the more for me – yay! Hope all’s well in your world. We miss yomping through the mountains with you guys.

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