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#1 Old 05-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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I've just opened a can of chickpeas in water to find them in a clear-ish gelatinous goo. There is no funky smell and the tin is in date, any ideas? A reaction with the preservative? Not sure whether to rinse them off and continue making my sandwich or to get rid and try another can.

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yea, I've had that.... I just rinsed it and made the hummus with it, and it was, and I was fine.

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It's probably just a natural product of the chickpeas. When you cook dried chickpeas and refrigerate them in the cooking liquid it turns gelatinous, but quickly turns into a liquid upon heating.
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#4 Old 05-13-2012, 11:33 AM
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Cheers guys, I'm off to mash 'em up with tonnes of seaweed I've just never seen it before, but it could be the brand, I've never had the top-of-the-price-range beans before!

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It's the soluble fiber that makes that mucilage. Beans are full of soluble fiber, and it is very good for you.

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#6 Old 05-13-2012, 11:23 PM
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tasty, tasty mucilage
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Radioactive chickpea juice that causes the dead to rise up and eat the living, is nothing to mess with.
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I've just opened a can of chickpeas in water to find them in a clear-ish gelatinous goo. There is no funky smell and the tin is in date, any ideas? A reaction with the preservative? Not sure whether to rinse them off and continue making my sandwich or to get rid and try another can.

It's normal, I get the same stuff when I cook my chickpeas from scratch and leave them sit (after cooking) for a while in the pressure cooker.

Edit, looks like Alan beat me to the answer.
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tasty, tasty mucilage

Heh, mucilage is kind of a weird word I guess.

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#10 Old 11-01-2015, 06:16 AM
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gelatinous chick peas!

so glad to found this!!!!
I never thought I would find an answer so fast, in 40 years cooking, had never seen this (what was in my can of chick peas just now) before, thanks guys!!!
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