Learn how to prepare dried garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) to use in your favorite dirt cheap recipes such as homemade hummus or in hidden veggie recipes such as our deep dish chocolate cookie pie

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  • DIY: How to Prepare Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)

    How to turn dried garbanzo beans into delectable dishesGarbanzo Beans, also known as chick peas, are a highly nutritious, often overlooked food source and can be whipped into delicious dishes with minimal effort. Canned Garbanzo beans, although convenient, are more expensive than their dried counterparts and are less nutritious. Here's a simple, do it yourself guide to preparing garbanzo chickpeas to use in your favorite recipes . . .

    1 Pound of Dried Chickpeas = about 6 1/2 cups of Prepared Beans
    1 15oz can of Garbanzo Beans = 1 1/2 c. Prepared Beans

    You'll Need
    :
    1 lb Dried Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)
    6-8 Cups of water
    dash of salt

    If you have
    the time, an overnight soak is the easiest method, requiring the least amount of effort. Simply pour the package of dried beans into a colander or strainer, check for any residual materials (aka small stones, which can sometimes happen in dried beans). Rinse briefly.



    Dump the rinsed garbanzo beans into a large pot, add about 8 cups of cold water, cover and set on the stove overnight. (With the burner off, of course!) In the morning, drain and rinse and follow directions below to cook the beans.

    If you have slightly less patience and don't feel like waiting overnight, you can use the following quick soak method.

    Quick Soak Method:

    Simply pour the package of dried beans into a colander or strainer, check for any residual materials (aka small stones, which can sometimes happen in dried beans). Rinse briefly.
    Bring 8 cups of water to a rapid boil over high heat, add the rinsed beans, cover Bring to a rapid boil and boil the beans for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, leave covered
    for 1 hour.

    Cooking Directions:

    Regardless of which method you used above, once your garbanzo chickpeas have been soaked, drain and rinse them. In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water and a couple quick shakes of salt to a boil. Add the Beans, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook until desired tenderness is attained, generally about 1 1/2 -2 hours. Drain immediately in a colander. They are now ready to use in your favorite garbanzo bean recipes!



    What are Chick Peas/ Garbanzo Beans Good For?

    These versatile beans are great in tons of recipes and can even be used to create gluten free, low fat desserts, like this Deep Dish Cookie Pie Recipe or in recipes for homemade Hummus

    Budget101 Breakdown:
    1 pkg Dried Garbanzo Beans .88

    Nutrition Data:
    Dried Garbanzo beans have significantly higher nutritional content:

    Source of Information: WHFoods.com

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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. flutemaker's Avatar
      flutemaker -
      can these be canned after cooking? Pint jars done in a water bath? Would really be convenient. thanks for the article
    1. angelsvn24's Avatar
      angelsvn24 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flutemaker View Post
      can these be canned after cooking? Pint jars done in a water bath? Would really be convenient. thanks for the article
      Yes, they can be canned, but they have to be processed in a steam pressure canner. You can't do them in a boiling water canner because there is not enough acidity to kill any bacteria. They must be soaked and cooked and then processed for 1 hour and 15 minutes for a pint and 1 hour and 30 minutes for a quart according to the blue book. (pg 62)
    1. ChristieF's Avatar
      ChristieF -
      Could these be frozen in small zip-lock baggies?
    1. imamommy's Avatar
      imamommy -
      I make huge batches and freeze them in recipe quantities frequently. Cook once, enjoy often!
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