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I've just opened a can of chickpeas to find that instead of being loose in a salt and water solution, the salt water has solidified so that it looks like the chickpeas are suspended in a clear jelly. It's like a can of pet food! Are they still OK to eat? Any idea what has happened to them? I've never seen this happen before.

The can isn't passed it's expiry date and didn't seem to be punctured in any way.

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  1. throw them out, what did they cost 80c? Better be safe than sorry.

    1. Ditch it. I can't think of any good reason why they would have solidified and it does not bode well.

      1. when in doubt, toss it out

        1. While I agree that "when in doubt, toss it" I've had "solid" cans of chickpeas (beans, too) and used them without any problems. I think that beans like that sometimes continue to absorb the canning liquid and at the same time exude starch, which causes the remaining liquid to solidify.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            a lot depends on the brand...if it is an unknown brand, you might be safer to throw it out. If S&W, or similar, probably OK (assuming it passes the smell test).

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yeah... I buy TJ's brand and they come in an almost 'jelly' of sorts... I have to rinse them off well...

              --Dommy!

            2. Put them in a strainer and rinse, rinse, rinse with cold water. They'll be fine.

              1. I'm pretty sure that's just the proteins in the beans causing the "jelly" look. Something like when you pull good stock out of the fridge and see it all "jellied."