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Reduce recycling by cooking dried chick peas yourself

April 03, 2019 2 Comments

Earth Day is in April, and while I think we should all be thinking about our planet on a daily basis, I wanted to share some of the things I do as a mom, business owner, and human being, to lesson my impact on our planet.
 
Let me preface this by saying I'm far from perfect, and while I try to do my best, there are definitely times when I know I can do better. This often happens if I'm tired, rushed, burnt out etc., which we all know is a fact of life in our fast-paced world.
One thing I've been working on is reducing the recycling we put out. I think most people now realize that while curbside recycling is a good thing, it's not the answer. We need to reduce our waste & our recycling.
 
We eat a lot of chickpeas and beans, and it always bugs me when I add another can to the cart. I know I can cook chickpeas and beans from dried, but it's more work, and lets face it, sometimes we are rushed and aren't prepared and we reach for what's convenient. I do the same thing. But I wanted to try to get in the habit of preparing chick peas from dried, and freezing them, so I'd have them on hand when I needed them. It definitely takes more planning than opening up a can, but anytime I can reduce waste, I'm pretty pumped.
 
You do need an Instant Pot for this particular method, and we use our Instant Pot a LOT. You can also do this on the stove top (google instructions) but with the Instant Pot, I can basically just set it up and forget about it:
2 and a quarter cups dried chick peas (you *do not* have to soak them first)
6 cups of water
Throw that in the Instant Pot, and set on manual for 50 minutes.
Once the 50 minutes is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
Strain the chick peas and spread on a large cookie sheet.
Cool down first then pop into the freezer for about 30-60 minutes, then transfer into freezer safe containers and you're golden.
 
Next time you need chickpeas, you can reach for your freezer and save a can!
 
I'll be sharing more Earth friendly tips this month, and love to hear from you, so if you have tips to share, please do so!



2 Responses

Andrea
Andrea

October 09, 2019

GREAT IDEA!!!! thank you.

Camille
Camille

July 15, 2019

Thanks. I’m always looking for ways to use my instant pot. Do you think it would work to follow these same steps using dried kidney beans,?

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