Here are few tips for when you are buying dried legumes or beans.
When buying dried legumes, choose a transparent packaging with a printed expiration date. This allows you to check the quality of what you are buying. Getting your legumes from a bulk store is also a great idea because the turnover rate in these stores is usually high, meaning that you get fresh product. When inspecting the legumes, look for uniform size as well as clean, smooth, shiny surfaces. If they smell fresh and spicy when you unpack them, they are most likely fine. However, circular holes, dark spots, or even a “floury” powder at the bottom of the packaging, may indicate insect or worm infestation.
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