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Nov 4, 2007 02:36 PM

dried garbanzo / chick pea yields (and other dried beans)

I am working with dried garbanzos (and also canelli beans) and am curious what people experience has been with regard to yields.

Online research for garbanzos has provided me with confusion:

--1 cup of dried beans will yield about 2 1/2 cups cooked (1:2.5)

--1 cup of dried chickpeas will yield 3 cups of cooked (1:3)

--Each cup of dried beans makes about 2 to 21/2 cups of cooked beans (1:2 - 1:2.5)

Considering the 50% variance, I thought I would seek out actual user experiences. I love me some chick peas, but I see no point in making much more than I actually need.

The canellis are already soaking, but I'm wondering the same thing ... what ratio have you come to expect?


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  1. For 1 cup of beans, you end up with between 2 1/2 and 3 cups beans. I think it depends on how old your beans are. I always make extra, as leftovers freeze very well. They can be defrosted easily in the microwave and added to soups, stews, chilis, salads, and made into a quick dip for an instant app. Having cooked beans in your freezer is like having money in the bank!

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    1. re: pikawicca

      When I cook my pinto`s, I will cook a half lb or half the bag, and that usually is enough
      for the 3 of us. some times if i have other recipes that I want to add to I will cook the whole bag, with bacon or ham hock.

    2. Well, I wanted to come back and offer my results:

      garbanzos - almost 1:3
      kidney - a little more than 1;2
      canelli - 2:3