It was a garage sale bargain I couldn't resist. So after all these years, I am first using a crockpot--and one of the first things I made was this--and these chickpeas are outrageously good. No more canned chickpeas for me.
- Rinse and drain chickpeas in cold water. Pick out any stones and dark brown chickpeas.
- Put drained chickpeas into your crock pot. Add water and salt.
- Cook on High for 2-3 hours or until soft. Depending on your tastes and what you are going to use them for you can remove when slightly firm or cook until they are very soft.
- When done, carefully pour into a colander, being careful to use oven mitts to handle the crock – it will be hot. Drain and rinse well.
- Chickpeas will keep for about 2 days in the fridge. They will keep longer if made into hummus. They also freeze quite well.
- To freeze chickpeas rinse and drain them thoroughly. Leave to drain well for about 15 minutes. Spread chickpeas onto a baking tray, making sure they don’t touch one another. Put into freezer. When frozen, you can transfer the chickpeas to a freezer bag or plastic container for more permanent storage.