When it comes to lentils, we know you have questions. We’ve rounded up our most commonly asked lentil questions and offer our answers on this page.
If you still have a lentil question that needs answering, we’re always happy to help. Simply get in touch with us directly.
Depending on the lentil variety you’re cooking with, they all cook a different way. For example, red lentils will go tender if cooked for around 20 minutes.
Our French lentils have a strong, peppery flavour and also take about 20 minutes to cook. They stay very firm even after being cooked, making them ideal for basically any dish – depending how long you cook them.
Regardless of what variety you choose, make sure you don’t over boil your lentils. Instead, bring your cooking liquid to a rapid simmer and then cook on low heat until they’re tender. To ensure a firm texture, avoid adding salty or acidic ingredients until the very end, as these can soften the lentils during cooking.
Read this article to discover secrets to getting that lentil perfectly cooked, every time.
Red lentils are the sweetest and nuttiest of the lentils. As they are thinner and more fragile, they tend to break down quickly in the cooking process.
This means red lentils are often used for thickening soups, purees, stews and casseroles. You can also often find red lentils in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.
French lentils are a variety of green lentils and are rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. These can be pale or mottled green-brown in colour with a glossy exterior.
What sets them apart from standard green lentils is their slightly darker hue and smaller size — they’re about one third the size of standard green lentils.
French lentils hold their shape extremely well — better than pretty much any other type of lentil — so they are the ideal contender for salads as well as light soups. Their flavour is also slightly different to other types; it’s a bit nutty and peppery, with a slight earthy flavour.
We’ve dedicated an entire article on the different types of lentils and how best to cook them.
It’s unlikely, but it’s possible that there are small pebbles in your bag of lentils. It’s best to be safe and rinse and sift through them before cooking.
Give your lentils a good rinse in a colander to remove any debris and sift through them to be sure there are no hidden stones tucked among the legumes.
Yes, you can freeze lentils – in both cooked and uncooked form. They can last for up to six months in the freezer. Be sure that they are sealed tight in air-tight containers or plastic bags, like our resealable bags, to prevent freezer burn.
You can then thaw them in the microwave, fridge or warm water, or add them directly to your dish.
Yes; you’ll be surprised at the endless list of health benefits these little legumes offer. To name but a few, our lentils are:
With Rosevale lentils certified as gluten free, they are great for people who suffer from coeliac disease, or who are sensitive to gluten rich foods.
Packed with protein
Further to this, lentils are a rich source of protein and iron, which makes for a great staple in the diets of people following vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
Lentils are also filled with all important minerals, including iron, phosphorus, folate and potassium. Folic acid is also found in lentils, which is a key player in overall heart health.
Full of fibre
One cup of cooked red lentils contains approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates, of which 15 grams are dietary fibre.
Red lentils are superior in providing B-vitamins. They are high in vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and thiamine.
The list goes on. We’ve dedicated an entire article on the amazing health benefits of our lentils.
Lentils can last quite a long time in your pantry. If properly stored and sealed, dried lentils will generally stay at best quality for up to three years at normal room temperature.
Keep in mind that microorganisms can enter your container before it’s resealed, so keep an eye out for discoloration or mould.
Lentils have a mild, earthy smell to them. So if they’re giving off an unpleasant odour, you know it’s time to chuck them.
Yes! Whether you’re in the golden outback or the green hills of NSW, we’ll deliver our Rosevale lentils straight to your door.
It depends on your location, really. But we aim to have it delivered to your doorstep in 3-5 working days.
We use Australia Post for small parcels and Toll for any larger orders.
Needless to say, we’re trying our best to get every order spot on, and have all our beloved lentils reach their new owners. But, we’re human, and sometimes errors occur.
So, if you haven’t received your lentils on time or your order is wrong, do not hesitate for one moment to contact us. We would love to have the opportunity to rectify the mistake immediately!
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