Quick Tip – Lentils

Lentils are a star player in our house.  We have been making a lot more vegetarian and vegan dishes and my husband doesn’t really like beans.  Lentils are a superfood, with somewhere around 16g of fiber and protein in one cup!  Today I will give a quick run down of how I buy, sort and store lentils.

Lentils can be pricey depending on where you buy them.  In keeping with our desire to buy locally sourced goods, I purchase them in bulk bags from Garry at Natural Local Foods Express/Pure Pastures.

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Lentils, like any other dried bean/legume should be sorted before cooking.  This is because there can be rocks and other debris that are picked up when they are harvested.  To save time, I like to sort mine before putting them up for storage.  Just scan through small amounts at a time and pick out anything that looks odd.  I then store my lentils in an airtight glass container that I picked up at Ikea.

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I also follow the exact same protocol for split peas and any other dried bean.  Keep them in a cool, dark place and they will be good for upwards of a year.  Cooking lentils is easy.  Be sure to give them a quick rinse and boil three cups of water for every one cup of dry lentils.  After the water boils, add the lentils and bring back to a boil.  Turn down to simmer and cover for approximately 30 minutes.

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