Growing Bean Sprouts in Your Head*

* Not mentally in your head, but physically: in your sailboat head.

Growing Bean Sprouts in Your Head*
DAY 1: Starting out Fill with Water Put the lid on DAYS 2-3: Rinse and Repeat DAY 4: Sprouting and Growing DAY 5: Hmmm... DAY 6: Waterloo

DAY 1: Starting out

I read this trick from the website The Art of Doing Stuff and it seemed to be something I could do on a boat...needing 3 plastic containers, one lid, a half cup of mung beans and water. In the bottom of one of the three containers, drill holes NO BIGGER than the beans. (I had to do this before I boarded the boat.) Place the container with holes inside one of the other containers. Fill the bottom with mung beans.

Fill with Water

Pour water into the container, just covering the mung beans. Don't overfill. Having the "colander-like" container makes it easy to lift out and rinse the beans that's required every 12 hours.

Put the lid on

Now place the remaining container on top of the beans, fill with water to weigh it down and put the lid on it to keep it from spilling. If you can get over the thought of growing food next to the toilet, the beauty about doing this in the head (my own private head!) is that you can put the covered dish in the sink and not worry about it flying around under way.

DAYS 2-3: Rinse and Repeat

Every 12 hours gently rinse the beans, replace with fresh water and return the other container and lid on top. Try to keep the beans from moving around under the water rinse. By the third day you should see your mung beans beginning to sprout.

DAY 4: Sprouting and Growing

Each day you will notice a little more growth. Continue to rinse and refill every 12 hours.

DAY 5: Hmmm...

The bean sprouts continue to grow longer. But something seems wrong. They're looking a little brown and beginning to...smell. I knew this wouldn't fly. If only I had really read the rest of that blog post. Do I stop watering them? Water them more? Should they have sun now? Is the smell normal?

DAY 6: Waterloo

Santa Marta, Columbia. This is where the sprouts met their fate. I was hoping by now they would look like a handful of crisp sprouts you pull out of the Whole Foods produce bin. And something kept coming back to me that I read on the website: Because of the risk of salmonella and E. coli There is a danger to eating raw sprouts. We were a hundred miles offshore; I just couldn't risk making us all sick from either the smell or the bacteria. So after a week of prepping this project, I threw the whole thing into the C-Dock trash can at Marina Santa Marta. Without blinking an eye.