I got some brown lentils the other day and want to make a dish in the crockpot. would I need to soak them first?
no you don't need to soak lentils overnight. they are just like split peas. Just throw a lb in the pot with 6 cups of h2o and in an hour you have soup. Good luck with your recipe!
ETA: I am refering to the stove top cooking method. The lentil chilli recipe in my crockpot cookbook says to cook for 8 hours on low.
It is advantageous to soak them overnight to get rid of phytates, however. They are more digestible and their nutrients more bioavailable if you do.
or even just a couple of hours will do for lentils. good luck!