Dried green lentils instead of canned?

(15 Posts)
ppeatfruit Mon 11-Feb-13 10:22:30

There's no "supposed to soak" it just cuts cooking time esp. if they 're old .The orange ones don't need it though.

Crunchymunchyhoneycakes Sun 10-Feb-13 20:25:04

I've never soaked green lentils, I wasn't aware you're supposed to. We have them loads.

Liskey Sun 10-Feb-13 20:09:35

Well green lentils now have the seal of approval from DH (though DD refused to try them and just ate sausage for lunch). I can see us cooking them a lot more in future!

ppeatfruit Sun 10-Feb-13 10:15:05

If they're very old soaking makes the cooking quicker determinedma

determinedma Sat 09-Feb-13 19:10:54

I dont soak green lentils. Just chuck them in

Liskey Sat 09-Feb-13 17:20:27

Sounds good - thanks for that.

DD already excited about sausages for lunch. DH looking forward to this and has chosen a bottle of red wine already!

ppeatfruit Sat 09-Feb-13 17:14:36

Yes I think so liskey I usually reheat on the cooker but i'm sure it'll be fine they're just tiny beans and I've reheated beans in the MW with no trouble.

Liskey Sat 09-Feb-13 16:48:34

Now wondering if you can reheat the cooked lentil mixture for DD's lunch tomorrow? She'll defintely like the sausages but can you blast the lentils in the microwave ok?

ppeatfruit Sat 09-Feb-13 15:49:21

grin good luck it'll be fine!

Liskey Sat 09-Feb-13 15:45:01

Lol cheers for that! Complete novice with lentils strangely as I like cooking and cook loads of other things. I've been wanting to try cooking with lentils since my friend gave me a meal with them.

ppeatfruit Sat 09-Feb-13 15:39:25

Just soak half the packet then grin!Its dead easy BTW after softening\soaking them cook until soft and then add to the pot!

exexpat Sat 09-Feb-13 15:38:14

Dried lentils weigh roughly half as much as cooked ones, so for example if the recipe calls for 200g of tinned/cooked lentils, you should start with 100g of dried ones.

I wouldn't want to leave them hanging around in the fridge for more than a day or two, but you can freeze cooked lentils very successfully.

Liskey Sat 09-Feb-13 15:32:44

I've got the rest of the week meal planned out unfortuntely - how long would the soaked lentils last?

ppeatfruit Sat 09-Feb-13 15:27:36

Soak them in hot water (I'd use the whole packet) then measure out however many you need for the recipe and make something else with the others later in the week.

Liskey Sat 09-Feb-13 15:21:56

Trying this recipe out tonight:
www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1065/sausages-with-creamy-lentils

However I've only got dried green lentils in the cupboard (I've never green lentils dried or otherwise before) - I have to cook for 30 mins before using but not sure how many dried lentils to use instead of a can? They don't need soaking just cooking. Any ideas about substituting?

Cheers

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