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  • Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

    I have a recipe that calls for a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained. I wish to make this using dried chickpeas. I have two questions. 1) How many cups are there in a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained? 2) How many cups of cooked, drained chickpeas will I get from a 1 lb bag of dried chickpeas? The goal is to know how many cups of dried chickpeas I have to cook in order to end up with the same quantity of cooked, drained chickpeas I would get in a 15 oz can. Your assistance is deeply appreciated.

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    Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

    Originally posted by wdrbbq View Post
    I have a recipe that calls for a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained. I wish to make this using dried chickpeas. I have two questions. 1) How many cups are there in a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained? 2) How many cups of cooked, drained chickpeas will I get from a 1 lb bag of dried chickpeas? The goal is to know how many cups of dried chickpeas I have to cook in order to end up with the same quantity of cooked, drained chickpeas I would get in a 15 oz can. Your assistance is deeply appreciated.
    See this site (scroll to end):
    http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/conversion_tables.htm

    Per it, a 15 oz can yields 1.5 cups drained cooked beans.

    When cooking dry beans, they absorb a LOT of water and swell up.
    1 cup dry = 2.5 - 3 cups cooked
    Per the site, chickpeas are toward the 3X end of the scale.

    You need to start with at least half a cup, dry. The first time, I would probably start with 2/3 cup to be sure of having enough, and measure the result. Use the extras for something else, or discard. Dry is cheap.

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      Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

      Thank you very much. You gave me exactly what I was looking for. Case closed.

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        Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

        Thank you for posting this question. I am having the same problem and now have an answer. I love the internet!

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        • #5
          Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

          Yes! I was looking for that info, too. (Recipes should be required to tell you stuff like that.)

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          • #6
            Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

            Thanks, exactly what I was looking for! I'd say we're all trying to cook smarter, dry, so much cheaper than canned.

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            • #7
              Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

              Me too!! Thank you!!

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              • #8
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                Thank you! I'm moving away from canned beans too and this answered my question perfectly.

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                • #9
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                  Ditto! This is exactly what I needed to know as well. Thank you!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

                    Perfect!! Was looking exactly for that too to make delicious baked beans for a Christmas party ...
                    Thank you!

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                    • #11
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                      Thank you so much. I am making a big pot of ham and beans for 20 people to day coming for my husbands birthday. I was trying to figure out what dry is when cooked.

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                        Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

                        I wanted to know the opposite my recipe asks for 200g dried chick peas and i have only got a jar which is 400g drained weight - Madhur Jafrey's let me down - when wanting to cook an inpromptu diner jar's an tin's are handy to have in stock - recipes would be better indicating dried weight and tin/ jar weight

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                          Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

                          Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                          I wanted to know the opposite my recipe asks for 200g dried chick peas and i have only got a jar which is 400g drained weight - Madhur Jafrey's let me down - when wanting to cook an inpromptu diner jar's an tin's are handy to have in stock - recipes would be better indicating dried weight and tin/ jar weight
                          USDA database has data raw, cooked and drained, or canned and drained.
                          Per it 1 cup dry chickpeas is about 200 g. It will cook up to 2.7 cups (drained), weighing about 444 g. Canned should be very similar to cooked so your 400 g drained can will be close but slightly small. You could ignore it or shrink the rest of the recipe 10%.

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                            Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

                            Me too! Thanks -

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                              Re: Conversion factor: canned beans/dried beans

                              Most can linings still have BPA (google it), so organic dried garbanzo beans, I would think is the healthiest and least expensive way to go :')

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