I make home made hummus all the time. So this morning I dumped a bag of (cheap) dried chickpeas into some water (after rinsing), added some baking soda, and simmered them for about three or four hours, as usual.
I let them rest in the pot for about an hour and then decided to begin making the hummus. Got out the other ingredients- lemon, roasted garlic, tahini, etc.- but when I lifted the off the cover of the pot, I saw that the water was totally black, almost like coffee. (Yes, I had used chick peas, not black beans.) The beans looked funny. They had taken on a darker sheen. I drained them and as I did, I found that they really smelled. I then decided to taste a tiny bit, as it seemed impossible to have chickpeas go bad. They tasted absolutely awful, and my kitchen was starting to really stink.
I dumped everything out and ran the garbage bag down to the trash as the small was so bad. I did check the date on the bag, which indicated the beans had not expired. The pot was clean....Nothing unusual that I can recall.
This is a first. Any ideas? Just a bad bunch of beans? Is this normal? Should I spring for pricier chickpeas? These were just the ones you find at your local Shaws.
Kind of bummed as this was for a party. But yuck.