To Soak or Not to Soak? That is the question!

     Beans, what to do with them? My main two beans I eat monthly are Lentils and Garbonzo or better known as Chickpeas. Lentils are my favorite they are no hassle at all. They can be soaked or not, depending on how much time you have. Lentils don’t usually take long to cook because they are small but can be easily over cooked and become mushy. I prefer mine just at the point where they are cooked but have not totally disintegrated!  As for Chickpeas, it’s really a love hate relationship, it seems like no matter how long they soak it still takes them 1.5-2 hours to be soft enough to eat easily. The test for me was last week, if you follow me on IG @clynnsart on my IG TV I cooked a great dish with Chickpeas. I had soaked them for 3 days, first overnight room temperature, them the next 2 in the fridge this is definitely longer then the bag recommended but when I did 1 day overnight I had to cook them for what seemed 3 hours! This is so not simple cooking! So that’s not me! So the longer soaking was to prevent that, well I shaved off an hour! 

     So I recommend read the label, ask you favorite cook or test it yourself to see what works for you when it comes to beans. Soaking beans helps make the bean be more digestible which is easier on you overall health. Do your own research for further details. 

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Now on to the next blog!

Later.Crystal

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