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Help - canned chickpeas solid

Shade Jun 14, 2007 02:34 PM

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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    smartie RE: Shade Jun 14, 2007 02:36 PM

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

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      mojoeater RE: Shade Jun 14, 2007 02:41 PM

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

      1. KaimukiMan RE: Shade Jun 14, 2007 03:05 PM

        when in doubt, toss it out

        1. Ruth Lafler RE: Shade Jun 14, 2007 04:11 PM

          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
            OldTimer RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 14, 2007 04:34 PM

            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).

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              Dommy RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 14, 2007 04:49 PM

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


            2. pikawicca RE: Shade Jun 14, 2007 05:05 PM

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

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                k_d RE: Shade Jun 15, 2007 08:30 AM

                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."

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