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Best canned garbanzos

allisonw Apr 25, 2009 12:27 PM

I'm working up a recipe for red pepper hummus for a friend. Anyone have an opinion on what's the best brand of canned garbanzos? My friend will not make hummus from dried, but he'll buy whatever can I suggest.


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  1. paulj RE: allisonw Apr 25, 2009 12:48 PM

    I haven't noticed much difference in the few brands that I have used. I usually get mine at Trade Joes (regular, not their organic), but I don't have any complaints about the small house-brand cans that I get from Top grocery (for single meal use while camping). I usually rinse mine, especially for salad use, though I may use the can juices in a stew.

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      Sal Vanilla RE: allisonw Apr 25, 2009 01:01 PM

      I like S&W and Bush. They are not canny tasting or overly soft. I am a garbanzophile.

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        kchurchill5 RE: Sal Vanilla May 15, 2009 01:17 PM

        Bush or Goya, usually bush, just rinse before making the dip. They are just fine for me.

      2. Cheese Boy RE: allisonw Apr 25, 2009 08:29 PM

        La Valle, Bush, Goya, and Strianese are all very good brands of canned chick peas, but, Strianese is my favorite for its taste and texture. Dried Goya garbanzos are pretty awesome too. You'll definitely think twice about ever buying canned again once you've tried the dried ones. Their taste is more pronounced, and *you* control their doneness.

        1. NYchowcook RE: allisonw Apr 26, 2009 04:36 AM

          Generally I prefer Westbrae and Eden organic canned beans. The cans are lined so you don't get the metal taste.
          They cost a bit more than non-organic, but we're still talking bean-cheap!
          Pastene is also a good choice for chick peas (garbanzos), IMHO.

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            Jack_ RE: NYchowcook May 4, 2009 10:11 AM

            Lined with enamel containing BPA? I can't get them to tell me

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            Sharuf RE: allisonw Apr 26, 2009 06:19 AM

            S&W is my standard garbanzo source for hummus purposes. They are better-looking and there are more beans per can than you get in house brands. I include some of the water from the can in my hummus.

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              liu RE: Sharuf May 4, 2009 10:38 PM

              Today I purchased some S&W garbanzo beans with 50% less salt. I rinsed them and still they were very tasty. Also, they have a nice crunch.

            2. Melanie Wong RE: allisonw Apr 27, 2009 10:31 AM

              Khudari brand. Here's my post,

              I also tried Trader Joe's, which also does not have EDTA, but I much preferred the more concentrated taste of Khudari.

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                bolivar13 RE: allisonw May 1, 2009 02:18 PM

                If you have a pressure cooker you can "soak" dried garbanzos in 5 mins rather than overnight which will get them about to the same doneness as the canned ones with what I think is a better texture.

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                  escargot3 RE: bolivar13 May 15, 2009 01:15 PM

                  how much water do you use to 1 cup of dry beans if using a pressure cooker?

                2. KayceeK RE: allisonw May 4, 2009 03:24 PM

                  I like Unico.

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