Chickpeas, garbanzo beans…whatever you want to call them, they’re absolutely delicious. Preparing fresh chickpeas yourself is always the best idea. As in most cases, it’s not only much tastier that way, but it’s also thriftier. It’s surprisingly easy to do, with just a few simple steps involved.
1. Sort through the chickpeas, tossing out the few you may find that look black or otherwise not so good.
2. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl, adding water into the bowl until it covers the chickpeas by a couple of inches.
3. Add 3 tablespoons of salt into the water and stir everything around a couple of times.
4. Let the chickpeas soak in the salted water for about 12 hours (overnight or during the day, whatever works best for you).
5. Drain off the water and place the chickpeas into a large pot, covering them again by several inches of cold (always use fresh, not what they were soaking in) water.
6. Bring the water to a boil on the stove, then reduce and cover, simmering for about 2 hours. The chickpeas should be soft but not mushy.
Now your chickpeas are ready for some tasty hummus, other delightful chickpea dishes, or even just for snacking on through the day. If you have extra, they will stay good in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days, or in the freezer for up to a year.