Learn how to prepare and store lentils. Nutrition facts are also included
What you will need:
- A medium-sized pot
- A strainer/ sieve
- A wooden cooking spoon
- 1 cup of uncooked lentils
- 3 cups of water or broth
- 2 bay leaves
- Seasonings (optional)
- Salt (to season once lentils are cooked)
- Sort and remove any debris, shriveled lentils or small stones from your batch of lentils
- Rinse your lentils in a strainer/ sieve under running water and drain
- Add the lentils and water to the pot, cover and bring it up to boil
- Lower the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender
- Strain and place in a bowl
- Add some salt or seasonings to flavor
How to use lentils:
Lentils are so versatile and they make nutritious additions to any meal.
- Add them to a stir fry, salads, curries, dals, stews and soups
- Cook them with rice, quinoa or any grains of your choosing
- They can be also be baked and eaten as a light snack or as an appetizer in dips and spreads
- Uncooked lentils can usually be purchased in packages or in bulk bins at your local supermarkets or health food stores.
- When buying from bulk bins, check to ensure that the lentils are kept in covered bins to maintain freshness, that the store has a good product turnover and there is are no effects of moisture to the lentils or the container.
- When buying in bags, check to ensure that the plastic is intact and there is no damage or odor.
- Store in an airtight container and mark the date so that you can keep track of when it was purchased or when the package was opened.
- Store in a cool, dark location for up to 12 months.
- In the refrigerator, store in an airtight container. It is best to use it up within 3 to 5 days
- Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months
- If you plan to freeze lentils reduce the cooking time for a firmer texture, otherwise they may become mushy once thawed
- Label and date your container(s) for freshness and to know the contents of each container