Roasted chickpeas that are seasoned with some spices are a healthy snack that surely everyone will love. They are outstanding, versatile snacks and party appetizers. They also great toppings for soups and fresh salads. However, one problem with roasted chickpeas is keeping them fresh when stored, so here is the proper way how to store roasted chickpeas.
To store roasted chickpeas, keep them in a Tupperware with a lid. Let them cool to room temperature before putting them into plastic Tupperware. Then place the Tupperware in the refrigerator. Chickpeas in airtight containers can last up to 2 weeks or up to 6 months in the freezer.
The key to maintaining the crispiness of roasted chickpeas is to dry them out as possible without returning them to their super-hard state. The perfect chickpea snack has an outer layer that is snappy and crispy, yet the inner layer is tender. The cooking oil is the most crucial thing here because it binds the seasoning to the chickpea. That’s why you need to dry them out as you can before putting them in an airtight container.
How To Store Leftover Chickpeas?
Chickpeas are not naturally crunchy, so storing leftover roasted chickpeas is all about prolonging their crispiness. For maximum crunch, the roasted chickpeas are best consumed immediately. If you need to store them, keep them in a container at room temperature with the lid not too tightly closed. This means that air can still circulate, helping the chickpeas to keep the crunchy texture. With this method, the chickpeas will last for around 3 to 4 days.
You can also use a bowl and cover the chickpeas with a paper towel to stop any bug from landing on them.
On the other hand, if you are not after the crunchiness of the chickpeas and just want to store them for as long as possible. Keep them in an airtight container where they will last for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze the roasted chickpeas for up to 2 months. The roasted chickpeas will become softer and lose their crunch with these methods, but the flavors are still the same.
Before you place the chickpeas in any container, make sure they are completely cool. Otherwise, they can sweat and produce moisture, reducing their shelf life.
How To Store Cooked Chickpeas?
Cooked chickpeas are chickpeas that have been either soaked or boiled. They are now soft enough to be eaten. To store cooked chickpeas, rinse and drain them, then put them in an airtight container in the fridge. The cooked chickpeas will last for 2 to 3 days.
Some people like to keep the cooking water, which is known as aquafaba. Aqauafaba can last for 2 to 3 days in the fridge if you keep them in a covered container.
You can also freeze both cooked chickpeas and aquafaba for up to 6 months. You can freeze them together or separately. If you store chickpeas in the fridge or freezer without the cooking liquid, make sure to dry them as much as possible before putting them away. This helps in prolonging their shelf-life.
If you are cooking chickpeas in batches for later use, then it is best to undercook them slightly. In this way, when you warm them up, they will not become mushy and overcooked. You can store cooked chickpeas in any form. If you have incorporated the chickpeas into a delicious curry or you have pureed it to make hummus, that will still be okay. You can still refrigerate or freeze them to save for another day. The only thing you need to consider is the other ingredients in the dish and whether they can be stored successfully.
How To Store Soaked Chickpeas?
If you buy dried chickpeas, you need to soak them first before using them again. Soaking them will soften the chickpeas and make them more digestible.
To store soaked chickpeas, drain all the water and rinse them thoroughly. Once done, you can put them in an airtight container in the fridge where they can be kept for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze the chickpeas in a sealed container where they will stay for up to 6 months.
Make sure the chickpeas are dry as possible before you store them. Pat them try using a paper towel or leave them to air dry for a few hours before putting them away. This will help prevent the chickpeas from absorbing excess moisture and becoming soggy.
How To Store Canned Chickpeas?
If the can is sealed, you should store it according to the instructions given on the can. You can usually see the best before date, where it indicates how long the chickpeas will stay in their best condition.
If the can has any signs of leaks or dents, then most probably the seal has broken. You should throw away the chickpeas right away.
Once you open the can of chickpeas, you should cover the can with plastic wrap or tin foil and then store the chickpeas in the fridge, alternatively, you can empty the chickpeas into an airtight container, and put them in the refrigerator. Properly stored canned chickpeas can last for up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. If you need to keep them longer, you can freeze them for two months.
Best brands of canned chickpeas
How To Store Dried Chickpeas?
You can store dried chickpeas at ambient temperatures in a cool, dry place for even a year. But after a year, you can expect that the chickpeas will start becoming stale that can affect their texture once cooked.
It is not advisable to put them in the refrigerator because they can absorb moisture in the fridge. Absorbing moisture will dramatically lower the shelf life and cause the chickpeas to mold.
Can You Freeze Chickpeas?
It is best to freeze chickpeas when they have just been soaked or slightly cooked. This will help prevent your chickpeas from getting mushy after defrosting. Well-stored chickpeas in the freezer can last for up to 6 months and you can freeze them with or without the liquid.
Dried chickpeas should not be frozen, but roasted chickpeas can be; however, this will cause them to lose their natural crunch. If you are planning to use them in salads or wraps, where you don’t want the texture to be mushy, I advised you to freeze them completely dry without any liquid.
Make sure that the chickpeas have been rinsed and dry as you can get them before putting them in the freezer. The excess moisture can form ice crystals as it freezes and causes them to be soggy.
One common problem when freezing chickpeas is they tend to stick together. To prevent this from happening, lay the chickpeas out in a single layer on the baking tray and freeze them for around an hour. Once they are partially frozen, you can put them in a large container without worrying them about sticking together.
This method means you don’t have to sort and pre-portion the chickpeas. You can store them all together in freezer bags, saving you vital freezer space. (without fear of sticking them together)
If you plan to use them for soup or stew, it does not matter if the chickpeas are a little soggy. If you don’t mind losing a little crunch, you can freeze them together with their cooking liquid (aquafaba). This aquafaba is an excellent substitute for stock and using it does not mean you are missing any nutrients.
If you want to thaw the frozen chickpeas, you can keep them in the refrigerator overnight, or if you forget to take them out, you can defrost them in the microwave. If you thaw them in the fridge, the chickpeas will stay good for another 2 to 3 days. However, remember that the chickpeas should be used immediately if you have thawed them in the microwave.