Sprouts 'n Things

@Raelove (15181)
Saco, Maine
May 11, 2016 11:28am CST
I've always loved sprouts, particularly the mung beans used in Asian dishes. My mother always bought the canned ones, but our little Oriental market here sells the fresh ones for less than the canned ones cost. They go bad quite quickly, so I've started blanching them to keep them fresh longer. This also par-cooks them so they are not quite as crunchy, and they're ready to add to a salad or a cooked dish. I've also often bought alfalfa sprouts, and I love the new pea and radish sprouts I'm seeing now. They're a bit pricey, though, so I stick with the mung bean sprouts. Steamed bean sprouts are also good on their own with a little dressing or tucked into a wrap or Pita bread. And of course, like all other edible plants, they're good for me, so I try to always have some on hand. Buying them fresh and blanching them also means that they contain no salt like the canned ones do. And they taste so much better, so it's worth the extra effort to prepare them. A can of them costs around $1.29, while a 1-pound bag costs about the same. Once blanched, the contents of the bag equal 2 cans of the same product, so there's a cost savings, too. And who doesn't like saving money? (Public Domain Image)
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 May 16
I havent had sprouts for a very long time. They sure sound delicious my friend.
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
11 May 16
They are. I try to keep some on hand all the time.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 May 16
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
12 May 16
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@CRK109 (14360)
• United States
11 May 16
I also love sprouts. I buy them as often as I can find them and I love adding their crunch to my salads. :)
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
11 May 16
I add them to stir-fries, too.
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@CRK109 (14360)
• United States
12 May 16
@Raelove I've never done that, but since I love the flavor of them so much, I'm sure I'd enjoy that, too! :)
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
12 May 16
@CRK109 Very easy to do, as they're already parboiled, so they'll cook faster and not get soggy.
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• United States
12 May 16
It's cool that you are able to figure out how to get what you like and save money in the process. Congrats.
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
12 May 16
Not hard to do. All canned products started out as fresh. And I enjoy learning how to do it on my own.
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• United States
12 May 16
@Raelove If someone has a good sized freezer, then they can do the same with frozen foods, which are frozen faster than canned food is canned.
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@JudyEv (97347)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 May 16
Many people here grow their own sprouts. Although I have never bothered they don't seem to be hard to grow. And you might save even more money.
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
14 May 16
Oh, I've done it many times. But mine never seem to come out right. I probably don't rinse them often enough or something, but the mung bean sprouts turn pink, while the alfalfa sprouts rot quickly. Cheaper for me to buy them, and in this Asian market, they're very cheap.
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@marlina (60958)
• Canada
11 May 16
Not a big fan of that stuff at all.
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
11 May 16
I'm not a big meat eater, so I'm always exploring different ways to use the veggies I like.
@sishy7 (26765)
• Australia
11 May 16
I like bean sprouts, I didn't even know they come in a can, I've never seen it sold besides fresh...
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@Raelove (15181)
• Saco, Maine
11 May 16
Yes, they do. La Choy is one company that makes them, as well as a few others. I much prefer the fresh ones.
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@marguicha (80518)
• Chile
11 May 16
I love the bean sprouts and once in a while I buy them fresh to make a sort of chinese food with leftover veggies and a bit of meat.
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