I love bean sprouts. I love them in sandwiches, soup, salads and stir fries, of course. Trouble is, they last about 20 minutes in the fridge before they turn into a soggy, slimy mess.
Store them in a covered container filled with fresh water and a lemon slice, and you will find that your bean sprouts will stay fresh, white and crisp for a week or more. Trust me … it works.
Hint: Find a place that offers bean sprouts in bulk. Until just a few years ago, that was the only way you could find bean sprouts. From a marketing perspective, it makes sense to force us to buy a huge $1.50 bag of sprouts, even though we can only possibly use 50 cents worth before throwing out the remainder. From a buyer perspective, it makes sense to say no thanks. The bagged quality is questionable, and the sprouts you see in this photo, about a cup, cost 17 cents at my favorite Asian grocery store.