How to Store Bean Sprouts

How to Keep Bean Sprouts Alive | Abeego beeswax food wrap

Nothing says fresh like the tantalizing snap of a crisp bean sprout. From salad rolls to stir frys and pho to salad, bean sprouts’ crunchy texture levels up almost any dish. 

Mushy bean sprouts have lost their meaning in life, and so often end up in the compost bin. Not any more.

Bean sprouts are alive and they need to breathe. Airtight containers (like plastic bags) trap excess moisture that leads to slime. Yet without protection, they quickly wither and wilt. To keep bean sprouts fresh, they need a protective environment that releases excess moisture. That’s where Abeego reusable food wrap steps in. 

Simply wrap up towel-dried bean sprouts in Abeego. There’s no need to add a paper towel, soak in ice water, practice blanching, or any other trick to extend the shelf life of bean sprouts. Abeego easily and naturally keeps your bean sprouts crisp, fresh, and alive so you can enjoy them to their very last juicy snap.

How long do bean sprouts last, you may ask? Well, with Abeego, for what feels like forever.

Keep reading and:

  • Find out what happened with bean sprouts in our test kitchen 
  • Get tips to find the best bean sprouts
  • Dig into our favorite bean sprout recipes, because the best way to store bean sprouts is in your tum tum


LEft image: hands holding a bowl of bean sprouts covered with Abeego. Right image: Abeego folded into a bag holding bean sprouts, cabbage and cilantro sit next to it.

In the spirit of discovery and to deepen our collective understanding of how food behaves, we used our Abeego Test Kitchen to to experiment with bean sprout storage methods.


Bean sprouts stored in a bowl covered with Abeego retained 8x more moisture than bean sprouts stored in a mesh/cloth bag, and 4x more than bean sprouts stored in an uncovered bowl. 

Bean sprouts that were loosely wrapped in Abeego resulted in similar numbers to the covered bowl and appeared the most firm and crisp. 

Without protection, either in a bowl or mesh bag, the bean sprouts quickly withered.


Bean sprouts are alive and need to breathe. Each testing method allowed for that as we already know airtight plastic containers trap bean sprouts with excess water and cause serious slime (sometimes in less than a day!). Abeego wrap acts like a peel and naturally protects while it breathes. The result is longer living bean sprouts!


Towel dry bean sprouts, place in a Large Abeego and loosely roll up the sprouts inside, scrunching the ends to seal. Alternatively, fold and seal the edges to make a parcel or a packet, or place in a bowl and cover and press.

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Two sets of hands making salad rolls. Ingredients like carrots, cilantro, and bean sprouts lay around.

Bean sprouts are the shrinking violet of the vegetable world. Delicate and quick to wilt, it can be difficult to find fresh sprouts.

Bean sprouts are easy to sprout at home and will be the freshest you’ll get! Grocery store sprouts in an airtight bag are at high risk for wilt and slime and are best avoided. Visit Asian markets for sprouts in bulk and choose how much or how little sprouts you’d like. They’re most often locally grown and fresh.

The freshest bean sprouts are firm and have a sharp snap when bent. Browning is a sign of oxidation and means they’re past their prime. If they’re slimy, they’re on their way out so avoid these ones. If your sprouts are brown or slimy at home, don’t fret—put them in a colander and rinse in freezing cold water to clean and perk ‘em up.



Left image: steam pot sitting on the stove. Right image: plate of freshly-made salad rolls with chopsticks and a cilantro garnish.

Amazing crunchiness aside, do bean sprouts actually add nutrition & health benefits? Yes, according to this Chatelaine article, these veggies are bursting with fibre, choline, vitamin C & K, and potassium. 

We love bean sprouts in our Founder’s favorite pho recipe designed to boost your immune system and can attest to our Marketing Manager’s salad rolls. They level up the freshness of any dish.

Abeego Tip: A quintessential stir fry ingredient, think outside the wok and throw sprouts into an avocado and cilantro sandwich or add to this savory and sweet sandwich for a taste of summer. Or try bean sprouts in place of noodles in your favorite pasta dish. Pad Thai, salads, soups, omelettes have our mouths watering.




We may not always like to admit it, but mom knows a thing or two! Make sure to tap into her experience in the kitchen like our Marketing Manager did with her mom when making salad rolls.

Food wisdom is a two-way street. The cross pollination of the tried and true with the new gets us to new heights. Look to tradition and add innovation all the while observing your food.





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