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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Using Your Food Storage: Lentils

Lentils are an amazing food, and because of two important reasons are a superb item to be stored. The first reason they are so wonderful is the time it takes from dry lentil to tasty meal is less than 30 minutes-so speed of cooking(whereas most beans need to be pre-soaked). The second reason for lentils being a great food storage item is the nutritional value they offer.

In times of crises nutrition should not be overlooked as maintaining ones health is much more critical during crises. One cup of lentils provides about 2/3 of your daily fiber needs, about 40% of your daily iron needs, and over 100% of your A, C, and K vitamins needed.

For women menstruating, pregnant, or lactating lentils provide the boost of iron needed, as they do for children and teens need additional iron too.

Oh and lentils are very inexpensive! You need to do a few things in prep to cooking them. First lay them out on a white or light table or counter top so you can remove any rocks or debris from them. Then you need to rinse the lentils in a colander in cold water. Cooking lentils for me then is filling about 3 cups of water over the one cup of lentils. Bring to a boil, then reduce temp for about 30 minutes. That's it!

Simply pour the lentils out to make sure they are free of debris

I love lentils as is with a bit of salt on them and this makes the storage, the prep, the cooking, and the eating as simple as pie!!

Even a simple serving of lentils can be elegant

1 Cup lentils uncooked

Equals this much cooked lentils!

Here are some lentil recipes for you to look over if you have not used lentils before:
Lentil Burgers
Different recipe Lentil Burgers
Curried Lentils
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Barbeque Lentils
Pomagranate Lentil Soup
Dry Bean ABC Soup mix
and heres a link to many more


tweell said...

I recommend adding fennel seed to lentil soup and such, especially if you have a gastric tract that goes into overdrive with beans. My wife would exile me to the couch any time we had lentils, due to my excessive 'natural gas' production.

Dunappy said...

I'm going to grow my own lentils this year for my own food storage. Nothing better than eating what you grow.

Homestead State of Mind said...

We love lentils and then...we forget about them and then we re-discover them and then we LOVE lentils. It's a vicious cycle, but one we love repeating. Thanks for the reminder, they're going on my grocery list for tonight's shopping!

Humble wife said...

Twell- good tip!

Dunappy- that is the most wonderful of all things to eat what we grow or raise. I cant wait for updates!

HSoM- the cycle seems kind of fun..and refreshing to introduce or reintroduce yummy foods back in the diet!!:)

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