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 Post subject: Popping chickpeas?!?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:11 am 
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I just started to soak a pot of chickpeas and suddenly they're making popping noises! Every few seconds I hear a soft pop, just like somebody is making popcorn in another room.

I've never had anything like this happen before. Has anybody ever had spontaneous popping legumes?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:20 am 
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That happens to me all of the time! I just thought it was normal!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:21 am 
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Really!

I often soak my chickpeas overnight, so maybe I've never noticed before because I was asleep/not in the kitchen.

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ive never heard a chickpea pop but i also do them overnight

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:08 am 
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Yeah, it happens


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:59 am 
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Wow, I soak chickpeas regularly and never noticed, I'm going to pay more attention next time!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:22 pm 
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I've never noticed either. Maybe I've just never hung around long enough and they pop while i'm at work or something?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:22 pm 
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Yeah. First time it happened I freaked a bit because I thought it was mice or huge spiders bumbling around my pans! I think they really get going between 5-8 hours into soaking.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:16 pm 
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Weird... For some reason when I read the title of this thread I expected it to be about making "popcorn" out of chickpeas. I guess my mind works weirdly.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:43 am 
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I would love to have chickpea popcorn!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:42 am 
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I've never had that happen either. Hm. I had some soaking yesterday to roast so they were crunchy.

(I've taken to eating that instead of popcorn, so I guess it's kinda like chickpea popcorn. Only not.)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:25 pm 
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Yeah, it's such a weird thing! I've never been able to work out why they do that. But I usually soak in some kind of metal container (big bowl or cooking pot) and they make great noises against the sides! So strange though.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:21 am 
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Yes! That happened the last time I soaked some, and it never has before. Our place is so tiny that I had to wrap the pot they were in in a towel and put it in the microwave so it didn't keep me awake!


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Whoa, never noticed this happening before, but maybe it's because I tend to soak overnight of just before I leave for work? And now I really need to find some way to create a puffy popped chickpea snack, since I too thought that's what this was going to be about!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:44 pm 
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My best guess would be that some of the chickpeas have an air pocket of sorts, when soaked the pocket burst open "hence the popping"


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:39 pm 
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Quail wrote:
Weird... For some reason when I read the title of this thread I expected it to be about making "popcorn" out of chickpeas. I guess my mind works weirdly.


this is what I thought - and I was really excited to read all about this amazing new snack possibility!

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