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Nov 20, 2007 10:31 AM

Chickpea (garbanzo beans) - no salt brine

Need your recommendations on a chickpea (garbanzo bean) brand packager/manufacturer/canner that does not pack them in a salt water brine. Seeking an all natural product. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Why not just buy dried chickpeas? Just soak them overnight in water.

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    1. re: boogiebaby

      Soaking over night is fine for falafel wehre you want that firm crunch but to be like the ones in the can you need to cook them. I have pretty much stopped buying canned chickpeas since using my pressure cooker to do them.

    2. Is there a reason you don't want a salt water brine? Usually, rinsing the beans under cold water a few times gets rid of practically all the salt.

      I buy either the Trader Joe's brand or Whole Foods house brand, but I also rinse them anyway, so I couldn't tell you if they're brined or not. They certainly don't taste too salty after rinsing.

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      1. re: leanneabe

        I've been attempting to pay attention to the ingredients and nutritional values on "most" products, (have to splurge, sometimes) and I find it interesting that the canned products that I have picked up seem to have an exorbitant amount of salt added. Now whether its for preservation, which I find difficult to believe, hence the pressurized canning process, or to get a "head start" on ingredient prep, I feel as if I would want to control the ingredients/recipes as much as possible. My thoughts parallel on the same line as adding a salted broth as a component in a recipe (i.e., soup), when there may already be naturally flavored ingredients already added. I would like to control the taste. I do understand the use of adding salt to many dishes, as it enhances the flavor profile.

        So, is there such a product available that only has chickpeas and water. My feeling is that it may not be readily available or too expensive for one reason or another for many markets to carry it, or I may just be looking in the wrong section. If I cannot find the product, do you usually purchase prepackaged bagged garbonzo beans or loose? How long do you usually cook the dry garbonzo beans for? I was thinking of trying to produce a homemade hummus. Falafel sounds good to. Thanks for all your help.

        1. re: chowdown247

          If you are going to cook your own chickpeas you can find them readily in the grocery store in bags. You can soak over night and then cook as you would other beans. I've been using a pressure cooker and have not been pre-soaking. For $1.50 you can make as much as 3-4 cans that taste better. For making hummus the cooking liquid is very tasty and adds a lot of chickpea flavor to the final dish.