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May 23, 2011

Tips for Families: Cooking with Dried Chickpeas to avoid BPA!
As an adult, I admit, I’m not always a healthy eater. I know what I should be eating and what I should be avoiding but there are times when certain food items or certain smells will call my name. Rather than deprive myself, I eat in moderation. I’m sure I read a recent study that told me that it is better to eat in moderation than to deprive your body completely because when you do, you’re more likely to overindulge on the banned ‘bad food’.
As a parent though, I’m more conscious of the food choices I make. No, I don’t deprive her either because I think it’s best she feel like foods can be eaten in moderation because over time, it’ll teach her how to self-regulate her own eating patterns. The only times I absolutely won’t buy a certain product is if I know for sure it contains the infamous and nasty chemical BPA (ie. bisphenol A). A quick google or bing of this chemical will inform you of all the lovely things it can do to the bodies of young children so I’m not going to dwell on the prolonged effects of BPA. I certainly can’t claim that all canned foods have a BPA lining but as a parent, I’d rather err on the safe side. Besides, I’m not a scientist so chances are, I’d say something wrong. However, I can tell you one way to avoid consumption of BPA laced products – avoiding certain canned products that have the inner white coating. That white coating is often where BPA is found.
Why dried chickpeas (or dried garbanzo beans) for this blog topic? Well, after I gave up using all those canned goods, one thing I chose to use occasionally was canned chickpeas because for some reason, my brain thought it would be too hard to get fresh chickpeas. After all, I’m a good cook, but I’m no magician. Recently however, I’ve taken the plunge and have started to cook with dried chickpeas and discovered it’s not THAT hard!

Soak dried chickpeas in water

Dried chickpeas are easy to cook once you revive them by soaking them in water. That’s it! How easy is that! The tricky part is remembering that you need them the day before so you can soak them overnight. They also take a little longer in the pot to cook but if it avoids the extra chemicals that are normally in their canned cousin, I can deal with the extra cooking time.

My Kid’s review about dried chickpeas:

“I like dried chickpeas because they taste better than organic and my mother used to get them in a can. Now she gets them in a bag.”
(note: I tried dried organic chickpeas once but she said she didn’t like the flavour because they tasted like chocolate. I didn’t notice a difference between the organic and regular dried chickpeas but that’s what she said!)
Q: Do you remember why I get them in a bag now and not in a can?
A: “Because it’s bad for you because there’s a chemical on the side (of the can) and it’s called BPA.”
Q: Do you like the way the dried chickpeas taste when they’re cooked?
A: “Yeah!”
Q: What do they taste like?
A: “Chickpeas!”
Q: What’s your favourite recipe that mommy cooks with the dried chickpeas?
A: “RISOTTO!”
Q: Would you eat dried chickpeas again?
A: “YEAH!”
Here is my mommy method for soaking dried chickpeas. I call it ‘my mommy method’ because there are no specific measurements, just guesstimates.

dried chickpeas in water: 8 hrs later


How to Soak Chickpeas – my mommy method:

Get a smaller portion of dried chickpeas than what you’ll need (these dried chickpeas expand in size after soaking)
Place the dried chickpeas in a bigger glass container
Add a lot of water to the glass container, 4 times more than the amount of chickpeas
Cover the glass container and stick it in the fridge until tomorrow’s meal.
Note: now for this photo above, I soaked them right before I left for for work and by the time I came home, they were ready for dinner so dried chickpeas don’t really need to soak a full 24 hours. You may just need to cook them a little while longer on the stove top and they’ll be just as yummy and a gazillion times better than chickpeas from a can.

dried chickpeas – soaked chickpeas – cooked chickpeas

Throughout the soaking experience, you’ll be able to observe the chickpeas getting bigger. It’s also a really great way to introduce some science concepts to your child. Ask him/her (or them) to make observations of the dried chickpeas. What do they look like? How do they feel? Later on, fish out some chickpeas that have been soaking and ask them the same questions. Do they notice any changes? When it’s time to cook the chickpeas, it’s best to put them in a little earlier than your normal canned chickpeas to give them time to cook through. It may take about 20 – 30 minutes depending on how you’re cooking them. Now, be sure to ask your child the same questions at dinner. How do the chickpeas feel/look now?
Honestly, cooking dried chickpeas is as simple as opening a can of chickpeas. Dried chickpeas also happen to taste better than canned chickpeas because they don’t have that ‘I’ve been sitting in this can and soaking in liquid for ages’ taste. Like all beans, they have a mild flavour and mush texture to them but they can be al dente too if you choose to cook the chickpeas for a shorter period of time.  Yes, it does require some organization, but the advantages certainly outweigh the prep time needed. Over time, not only will you have reduced your household consumption of BPA, you’ll reduce how much you spend on groceries since a bag of dried chickpeas lasts for many many meals. And, on top of it, you’ve now got a budding scientist on your hands! Too cool!!
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37 comments on “Cooking with Dried Chickpeas = no BPA!”

  1. Apteka says:

    Thanks for your post. It’s great.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Apteka! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed my product review blog on cooking with dried chickpeas. I never used to be so health conscious and aware of product labels. But, since becoming a parent, it really has become a priority for me and BPA drives me absolutely batty. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog review. I was particularly impressed by my camera abilities! Hope you visit us again soon. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  2. UC says:

    Your blog has definitely inspired me to totally rethink the way I write. I really appreciate all your hard work.

    1. admin says:

      Hello there! Thank you for visiting my product review blog. I’m glad you enjoyed my food review and thoughts on cooking with dried chickpeas or dried garbanzo beans. Honesty dried chickpeas are simple to use, cook, and delicious to eat. On top of it all, a bag of dried chickpeas is so much more economical and environmentally friendly! Hope you come back and visit us again! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

    2. admin says:

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  3. karen says:

    The article was still worth reading. go for it!

    1. admin says:

      Karen! Good to see you again! Glad you enjoyed the dried chickpeas (or dried garbanzo beans) food blog. Honestly, dried chickpeas taste better than the BPA laced canned stuff that has been sitting in some sort of liquid on your grocery shelf. A little bit of organization goes a long way with these little dried chickpeas. Hope you come back and visit us again! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  4. karen says:

    Great article. Thank you to tell us more useful information. I am looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

    1. admin says:

      Karen! Good to see you again. I’m glad you enjoyed our food review on using dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans. Cooking with dried chickpeas is an economical and healthy alternative for your family. You get to avoid additional BPA in your food regime and hey, one bag of dried chickpeas makes for a lot of meals! Enjoy reading and we hope to see you again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  5. karen says:

    Great article. Thank you to tell us more useful information. I am looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Karen! Good to see you again so soon! Thank you for reading my blog on cooking with dried chickpeas! Let me know if you’ve tried it yet! Simple, affordable, healthy. Cooking with dried chickpeas is so easy! All they need is a good soak! See you again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello and thanks for visiting our food and product review site. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog on cooking with dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans. It’s amazing what a difference cooking with dried chickpeas can make. Dried chickpeas are so much cheaper to use, they taste great, with a better texture than canned chickpeas. If you find your dried chickpeas still too hard after cooking them, it could be because you need to soak them longer or cook them longer. Either way, dried chickpeas gives you that flexibility to make them al dente or softer while canned chickpeas come only in one texture: mush. Hope to see you here more often! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  7. Musc says:

    hello thanks for the input! :-$

    1. admin says:

      Hello! You are most welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog about cooking with dried chickpeas (or garbanzo beans). It’s amazing the difference a small switch can make. Dried chickpeas need a bit more organization to plan ahead and use but they are so much better than canned chickpeas and they taste great too! Hope you will visit our site again. From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

    2. admin says:

      Hello and thank you! Glad you liked the blog on cooking with dried chick peas or garbanzo beans depending on how you call them. Honestly, this was probably the smartest thing for me to do. One small switch to cook with dried chickpeas and I’ve reduced my household consumption of BPA. Don’t need BPA in my system, thank you since I’m sure it’s already getting into my system by some other hidden means so if I can avoid it, I will. More importantly, I’m teaching my daughter how to read the labels and make informed choices for herself. Cooking with dried chickpeas is tasty and a healthier option, so why not give it a try? Please visit our site again for updated food reviews, product reviews, and thoughts on all the different family related things we do! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  8. karen says:

    Nice post…Thank you for sharing some good things!!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Karen, you are most welcome! Good to see you visiting our site so regularly. Cooking with dried chickpeas really is easy. Yes, soaking the dried chickpeas takes some time and effort but when you consider the positive effects of using dried chickpeas, it seems like a really good switch to make. Cooking with dried chickpeas means reducing the amount of BPA that your family is exposed to. Cooking with dried chickpeas means controlling the texture of your cooked chickpeas instead of the generic mush that comes out of a can. Cooking with dried chickpeas means saving money since one bag of dried chickpeas lasts for a few meals at least! Hope you visit us again soon as I know you will! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  9. conte says:

    Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I’m experiencing issue with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar rss problem? Anybody who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you. As for the rss feed, I’m not sure. It appears to be fine on my end but that could just be me. I shall ask my other fellow bloggers to see how they find the rss feed. In the meantime, I hope you get a chance to try cooking with dried chickpeas. Cooking with dried chickpeas makes a big difference because you can reduce your family’s intake of BPA (bisphenol A) and cut down significantly on cooking costs over time since 1 bag of dried chickpeas last forever. Also, you can eat the dried chickpeas cooked in whatever texture you want – al dente or soft because you’re cooking the dried chickpeas, you control the texture! That’s a lot of good stuff for just one small switch! Hope you visit our website again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  10. Oakley says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello again and thank you! Glad you like the website. It’s a big task to keep going but rewarding when you get great responses from readers who benefit. Cooking with dried chickpeas is simple and easy and cost effective. What an easy way to reduce the amount of BPA use in your home! Fantastic. Hope you visit our website again soon! From the family at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  11. Christian says:

    Great sharing, the very useful

    1. admin says:

      Hello Christian and thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked my little blog on cooking with dried chickpeas. Whether you call them garbanzo beans or chickpeas, I have discovered that it really isn’t that hard to cook dried chickpeas. I admit, it takes more prep work and a little bit more organization which isn’t always easy but the benefits are huge: reduced consumption of BPA (or exposure to BPA), more money in your pocket. What’s not to love about that? Hope you visit our site again soon! From the family at: http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there and thank you for visiting us at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com where we provide a wide variety of product reviews, event reviews, and different tips and ideas all geared towards families with young children. Trying to avoid BPA (bisphenol A) has been our latest family mission. We’ve tried to reduce our consumption of plastic laced foods and cooking with dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans is certainly a smart idea! Cooking with dried chickpeas is really easy and simple and only requires a little bit of planning! Let us know if you try it! Please visit us again as we try to update daily! From the family at: http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

  14. Emily says:

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    1. admin says:

      Hello there and thank you for visiting us at http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com where we offer different family related product reviews and event reviews. Sometimes, we even provide different ideas like cooking dried chickpeas instead of using canned chickpeas. Using dried chickpeas really does help to reduce your household consumption of BPA and it is a cost effective method to gain from protein too! Hope you’ll visit us again soon! From the family at: http://www.ThingsThatWeDo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you for visiting the site and for your comment. I love cooking with dried chickpeas. Just knowing that I’ve reduced my household consumption of BPA makes it worth the extra time I use on cooking. The best part is, it’s really easy to cook with dried chickpeas! Hope you’ll visit the site again! From the family at http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Lauren! Thank you so much for your comment and I apologize that it’s taken me this long to reply to your comment. I’m glad you liked my blog post on cooking with dried chickpeas. Ever since I learned about BPA (bisphenol A), I’ve taken a conscious effort to remove it from our household consumption. There are so many things we can’t control so if I can control something, I will. Cooking with dried chickpeas is healthy and cost effective with a ton of good protein! Hope you’ll visit our site again soon! From the family at: http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

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    1. admin says:

      Hello and thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked our post on cooking with dried chickpeas. A small change for the good! Hope you’ll visit our site again. From the family at: http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

  18. Esmeralda says:

    Just wanted to say that it is nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Thanks for the post.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Esemeralda, thank you so much for your comment and I’m glad you liked our post on using dried chickpeas in your cooking. Honestly, I’m a terrible cook and if I can master the use of dried chickpeas, then anyone can. All it takes is a bit of preparation and the rest is smooth sailing! Hope you visit our site again! From the family at: http://www.thingsthatwedo.com

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