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Where to buy Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans in SF?

wliu Dec 12, 2007 12:39 PM

My husband and I are dying to try out the fried garbanzo recipe here in Chowhound. Thing is, is that we've been to Trader Joes and Safeway and we can't find them at all. We would like to know where we can find garbanzos for a reasonable price.
Thanks!

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    Curmudgeon Dec 12, 2007 12:45 PM

    Rainbow Grocery

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      fya_dub Dec 12, 2007 01:05 PM

      indian store on polk and post should have dry ones, which u soak for a night ahead. also safeway does have canned ones, in the mexican bean section

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        chemchef Dec 12, 2007 02:35 PM

        I know that Trader Joe's carries both conventional and organic canned chickpeas. Did you ask and they were just out the day that you went?

        Since the recipe calls for canned chickpeas, that's what I mentioned. I believe they run $0.69 and $0.89, respectively.

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          wliu Dec 12, 2007 06:21 PM

          Which section of the Trader Joes are the chickpeas located? Yes I asked and they said they were out. Hope they are restocked when we go again!

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            chemchef Dec 13, 2007 05:16 AM

            They are in the grocery aisle: canned soups, stocks, etc.

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          Concetta Dec 12, 2007 02:39 PM

          That's weird that Safeway would be out of canned chick peas...I know of at least 3 brands on the Safeway shelf: Safeway-brand, S&W, and Progresso. A can'll run you about a buck. They're right in the same section as the baked beans. Which Safeway were you at? Dried ones can be found at any Indian grocery, Whole Foods and Rainbow.

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            wliu Dec 12, 2007 06:20 PM

            I tried the Safeway on Ocean Beach on LaPlaya. I guess we should have looked more diligently.

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              Joan Kureczka Dec 13, 2007 03:04 PM

              I'm convinced that the best canned chick peas are Goya -- all the others I've tried have a bit of sugar or something added that affects the flavor. Safeway has these, although you may want to look in the section with their hispanic foods.

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              hankstramm Dec 12, 2007 07:35 PM

              As with all beans, the best place to buy them is where they sell most often. I have always had great experiences with Rainbow Grocery half a block from14th/Folsom.

              Not only will you find good garbanzos, but they carry a bunch of the Rancho Gordo heirloom beans (super over priced, but good). Anyway, these days it seems that putting heirloom on anything (tomatoes, pork, beans etc) justifies astronomical prices, but hey, try Rancho Gordo's Ojo de Cabra bean, they're great...

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                Curmudgeon Dec 12, 2007 08:08 PM

                Canned vs Dried-soaked-drained-and cooked with fresh water:
                Cook them yourself and they will result in less gas. Or cook them with kombu (Japanese seaweed ) and even less gas. (Useful information which will result in it being censored as tasteless.)

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                  wliu Dec 12, 2007 09:50 PM

                  thanks for the tip!

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                  wellworld Dec 13, 2007 05:24 PM

                  Try Rancho Gordo for amazing heirloom beans, including garbanzos. Steve is at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Saturdays in the City. Rancho Gordo also has a website if you want to order on line. We have been buying his beans for quite a while now, and we have been very pleased. Many varieties, and very fresh. He even offers good recipes to boot. http://www.ranchogordo.com

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                    oysterspearls Dec 13, 2007 07:44 PM

                    I second Rancho Gordo. If they are the choice of Thomas Keller need I say more.

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