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It sounds like age, but I thought it might be worth adding for next time: adding salt too early in the cooking process is thought to harden them too. To aid in softening, it's been said that adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) during the soaking process can help soften chickpeas more: http://www.nigella.com/kitchen-queries/view/Soaking-Chickpeas-/3470 ...


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They sound like they've been around too long. Check use by date on bag to be safe.



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