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Source for dried puy lentils in Vancouver?

grayelf May 2, 2012 12:28 PM

Do y'all have a favourite supplier? Anywhere that sells them for less, apart from Costco? :-)

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  1. waver RE: grayelf May 2, 2012 01:46 PM

    Not terrifically original, but I usually get them at the bulk place on Granville Island.

    1. fmed RE: grayelf May 2, 2012 08:02 PM

      I pick it up at South China Seas or at Gourmet Warehouse. You can try the Canadian puy lentils which cost less than the imported kind. The bag I currently have is Cote D'Azure packed for Great Culinary Adventures, Inc. I don't recall the price, but it was pretty reasonable.

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        kinnickinnik RE: grayelf May 2, 2012 08:26 PM

        I get them at Gourmet Warehouse. No idea how their price compares to others but it's reasonable.

        I'm sure Galloway's has them at a reasonable price too.

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          grayelf RE: kinnickinnik May 2, 2012 08:43 PM

          Thanks all! The MIL gave me a giganto bag from Goats on the Roof and I'm finally finishing them up.

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          À la carte RE: grayelf May 2, 2012 10:05 PM

          Famous Foods used to have them and their prices are generally good, but I haven't been there in a while (still working through the huge stash of dried beans and lentils that we bought...)

          1. waver RE: grayelf May 3, 2012 01:31 PM

            Did some research on Broadway this morning: the "Dan-D pack store" on Broadway and Stephens has them, both bulk conventional ($0.48/100 gr) and packaged organic French (0.68/100 gr.).

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              kinnickinnik RE: waver May 3, 2012 02:05 PM

              Good to know, thanks!
              That's even less than Galloway's (5.99/500 g for the organic french)
              http://gallowaysfoods.com/index.php/c...

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                grayelf RE: waver May 3, 2012 11:31 PM

                That's a great rec for me as that is on my way to work! I am beset by laziness and should google this but I seem to recall reading that real Puy lentils are harder to come by.

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                piwakawaka RE: grayelf May 3, 2012 09:26 PM

                whole food at 4th and vine have them but they cost $$$$$$$ (we still buy them cos we're too lazy to walk any further to shop than we have to)

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                  vandan RE: piwakawaka May 4, 2012 05:17 PM

                  Used to buy them at $ grocers lm Commercial probably the cheapest place if they still sell them

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                  calliope1000 RE: grayelf May 10, 2012 02:37 PM

                  Dollar Grocers, at 7th & Commercial. in bulk form, not packaged.

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                    vandan RE: calliope1000 May 10, 2012 02:48 PM

                    i already recommended them in the post just before yours

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                      calliope1000 RE: vandan May 10, 2012 05:16 PM

                      i know, but you didn't seem sure if they still sold them, and the name and location wasn't as specific

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                        vandan RE: calliope1000 May 10, 2012 06:13 PM

                        Fair enough

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                          grayelf RE: vandan May 26, 2012 07:45 AM

                          I inquired about puy lentils at my favourite local tienda and they said they get them sometimes but recommended beluga as a substitute. These are smaller and black so don't seem all that similar. Anyone tried them?

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                            kinnickinnik RE: grayelf May 26, 2012 07:57 AM

                            They're great - very tasty and look nice in salads and pilafs too. They cook quickly but do stay relatively firm - but not quite as firm as puy in my experience. I think they're a reasonable substitute.

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                              grayelf RE: kinnickinnik May 26, 2012 08:36 AM

                              Thanks kinnick -- I was wondering about the cooking time (and woulda googled despite my apparent laziness!) since they were about the size of red lentils which cook so fast. I do fancy the firmness so thanks for that note too. Do they stay black?

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                                kinnickinnik RE: grayelf May 26, 2012 10:31 AM

                                I just looked at my package (the Cote d'Azuer brand from Gourmet Warehouse) that states a '20-30' min cooking time. It'll vary by batch I'm sure but I'd place at the lower end of that. I check as they cook so not sure - probably 18-20 min.

                                They lighten to a med-dark brown. Maybe there's a way of holding their colour?
                                They still look lovely contrasted with other things (tomatoes and peppers, herbs, nice piece of halibut sitting on top...). A bit of fat or oil to gloss them up helps :-)

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                                  calliope1000 RE: kinnickinnik May 26, 2012 01:09 PM

                                  I always soak them for about half an hour first. soaking also helps to clean them. then i guess i'll cook them for 20 mins, depending on what i'm going to be using them for. if i was making a salad i wouldn't want them mushy. but i usually make a thick soup.

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