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Yesterday morning I put chickpeas to soak. I intended on cooking them last night for dinner but that didn't happen. We were gone all day today and when we got home the house smelled. I figured out it was the chickpeas soaking on the stove that stunk. I went to go and drain, rinse and cook them and the pot was full of that foam that often rises to the top when you are cooking beans. Anyway, I rinsed them well. Are they still ok?? They smell not so nice. They were soaking on the stovetop in a covered pot for just under 36 hours. It has been warm here that past 2 days, in the 70s.<br><br>
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Hrmmm. I don't <i>think</i> they've gone bad. Mine get foamy most of the time anyhow... I would cook them and then see how they smell/taste and then decide. I recently had some beans sprout during soaking them!
 

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Do the cooked beans or the soaked beans smell? If the soaked beans smell, I'd rinse them a bunch and then cook them. If the cooked beans smell, I wouldn't really eat them... I tend to trust my sniffer.
 

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Tough call. I've never soaked chickpeas before, but I've let other beans soak for up to 3-4 days without any problems.
 

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They're fine. I soak all of my beans for 24 hours and never had a problem. It's most likely the nasty stuff on top of the water began to ferment.
 

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I had pinto beans soaking over night the night I went into early labor. We ended up at the hospital for five weeks while my DD was in the NICU. DH came home a couple of times to feed the cat and get some clothes... and finally put the beans in the garbage after a couple of weeks. (said they smelled horrendous) He put the pot in the sink and left it.<br><br>
My mil came and cleaned my house before we came home, so I never smelled it, but apparently the pot was REALLY stinky.<br><br>
Every time I soak beans now I think about that pot of stinky beans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Well, I rinsed them well and cooked them this morning. The house stunk! It was a cross between the smell of vomit and poo :puke It was torture. When they were done I drained and rinsed them again. They still smelled. I ate a couple and they tasted funny. So, now they are in sealed containers in the trash. Thanks for the input.
 
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