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What To Consider Before Cooking Canned Lentils
Lentils are classified as legumes, just like peas and kidney beans, and while they are beloved for their uniquely earthy and nutty flavor, dried lentils do take some time to prepare before the cooking even starts. If you’re in a rush, you should consider using canned lentils, which are easier and quicker to prepare than dried ones.
Cooking Channel says that whole lentils straight out of the can are a fantastic addition to salads, soups, and chili, and since canned lentils are pre-cooked, they don't require any soaking or boiling time. However, canned lentils may have added salt and seasonings, which you should be aware of before adding them to a recipe.
A quicker-cooking version of whole dried lentils are split lentils, which offer a more neutral flavor compared to some canned lentils. Both canned and split lentils break down easily for mashing and pureeing, which makes for great lentil burgers and soups, though dried split lentils need to be boiled for 5 to 7 minutes to soften them.