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why do soaking chickpeas click?

Posted by tjg911 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 30, 08 at 17:14

when soaking dried chickpeas, about 6 hours into soaking them in water they start to 'click'. every few minutes there's this click. anyone that soaks dried chickpeas must have noticed this, but why, what causes the sound?

i thought air was escaping from a chickpea but there are no air bubbles, no disturbances of the water at all!

is it just expansion?

tom


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RE: why do soaking chickpeas click?

They do?

Just a guess: The outer skin is splitting?


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RE: why do soaking chickpeas click?

Yes I have noticed that. I think it is air, mine seem to bubble a bit.


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RE: why do soaking chickpeas click?

popi reread my initial comments. - no bubbles so can't be air.

tom


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RE: why do soaking chickpeas click?

Well I've got bubbles in mine ! My water is bubbling a bit.


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RE: why do soaking chickpeas click?

Mine click and bubble slightly too, especially when I start to cook them. I got curious enough to park myself in front of the stove one afternoon while they were heating, and when the chickpeas on the top clicked, I could often see a slight movement and a tiny bubble rising to the surface of the water.


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