Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(MSN)   Peas and lentils are the latest to be hit by the global container squeeze, but you don't care   (msn.com) divider line
    More: Followup  
•       •       •

688 clicks; posted to Food » and Business » on 23 Nov 2020 at 10:50 AM (13 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

 
2020-11-23 11:57:26 AM  
7 votes:

jayphat: Lemme get this straight: lentils and peas are exported via container to China, to be packaged, then shipped RIGHT BACK to North America for sale? I'm no logistics wizard but wouldn't it be easier to have the factory be here in North America and save on the travel time, plus the risk of spoilage in that travel?


Yeah but then you might have to pay American workers, which is socialisms.
 
2020-11-23 11:54:13 AM  
7 votes:
Lemme get this straight: lentils and peas are exported via container to China, to be packaged, then shipped RIGHT BACK to North America for sale? I'm no logistics wizard but wouldn't it be easier to have the factory be here in North America and save on the travel time, plus the risk of spoilage in that travel?
 
2020-11-23 12:07:16 PM  
5 votes:

jayphat: Lemme get this straight: lentils and peas are exported via container to China, to be packaged, then shipped RIGHT BACK to North America for sale? I'm no logistics wizard but wouldn't it be easier to have the factory be here in North America and save on the travel time, plus the risk of spoilage in that travel?


They are being sent over there to be processed into different products and then shipped around the world.   I'm sure some ends up here but I'm pretty sure some of the couple billion people in Asia and India eat some as well.

The article is about shipping empty containers over to China so they can be sent back here full and then be loaded up and sent back.  Which is pretty standard in Shipping containers since if you have one place that imports a lot but doesn't export as much, you eventually have to account for a surplus of 40 foot DVs.
 
2020-11-23 11:01:42 AM  
5 votes:
As someone who lives in "The Pea and Lentil Capital of the World", I actually do care.  Pulses and higher ed. are huge forces in the area economy, and higher ed. is taking a big hit right now.
 
2020-11-23 12:33:40 PM  
4 votes:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


Play around with making soups/stews with them.....there's lots you can do!

My favorite (abridged version):

Slow cook the lentils in salt free beef broth (salt makes them swell/mush too soon....add salt later).
I'm another pot, cook a good base (celery/carrot/onion)....add meat (spicy turkey sausage works well), add spices as desired, add more veggies if desired....when cooked, add broth, add now cooked lentils.....salt to taste.

Wonderful soup for cold winters...
 
2020-11-23 12:21:50 PM  
4 votes:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


Curries.

Toss a handful in the rice maker with your rice, to give it a bit of a protein kick.

Waffle-iron lentil falafel patties to crush up in everything to make it delicious.
 
2020-11-23 11:07:15 AM  
4 votes:
I take this as a sign that all the cheap plastic crap we're about to import for Christmas has damn high margins, despite being cheap crap.
 
2020-11-23 12:35:28 PM  
3 votes:

jayphat: Lemme get this straight: lentils and peas are exported via container to China, to be packaged, then shipped RIGHT BACK to North America for sale? I'm no logistics wizard but wouldn't it be easier to have the factory be here in North America and save on the travel time, plus the risk of spoilage in that travel?


Not sure how you're getting that out of the article.  On the extreme margin, yeah a very tiny bit.  I've bought a few MRE-style Daal meals, which came from India, quite likely with lentils originally from Canada or the Dakotas.  Mostly only for camping or a "I forgot lunch" meal in the back of my office desk.

But 99.9%, no, if you buy pulses in 1# poly bags in a US supermarket, they were bagged in Spokane or Fargo or Regina.  They're exported in 40' containers.  The containers are filled with plastic Santas and spatulas and Instant Pots and a million other manufactured items on the way back.
 
2020-11-23 12:33:33 PM  
3 votes:

fallingcow: TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding

Curries.

Toss a handful in the rice maker with your rice, to give it a bit of a protein kick.

Waffle-iron lentil falafel patties to crush up in everything to make it delicious.


Lentil soup is very easy to make and is stick to your ribs goodness on cool days.
 
2020-11-23 5:26:29 PM  
2 votes:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


Toss them in a soup.

You can also cook them, grind them to slurry, and make rubbery tortillas with that slurry, but why would you?
 
2020-11-23 12:53:14 PM  
2 votes:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


https://www.mynewroots.org/site/2010/​0​6/the-best-lentil-salad-ever-2/
 
2020-11-23 12:39:45 PM  
2 votes:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


Lentil stew is great, but if you're wanting to cook some solid cheap food, koshari (spelled about 15 different ways), the standard street food of Cairo, is genius.
 
2020-11-23 11:49:37 AM  
2 votes:
Call me when this impacts lima beans.

/I know, I'm a monster.
 
2020-11-23 3:49:19 PM  
1 vote:
Made lentil sausage soup for the first time, recipe makes 4 quarts, use a large enough pot. Original calls for french green lentils but the supermarket variety worked fine.

1 lb lentils, rinse and inspect for small rocks, put in a container, cover with boiling water, let sit 15 min, drain, set aside
6 peeled, quartered, diced carrots
8 stalks celery, rinse and slice 1/2"
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 yellow onions diced 1/2 "
2 quarts chicken stock, i prefer low salt
1 lb kielbasa, cut in half lengthwise and sliced 3/8"
Pepper to taste, kielbasa has plenty of salt
A couple slices crispy cooked bacon are optional, if you add it save the grease for step 1...

In a pot large enough to hold everything, add bacon grease and a few tablespoons olive oil, heat up, and saute the celery, onions, and carrots til the onions are clear. Dont let them turn brown.
Add your chicken broth, kielbasa, amd lentils. Bring to a boil skimming the top. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes til carrots are tender. Add tomato paste, stir in, simmer a while longer. Serve with french bread.

Makes a ton of soup. Bag and freeze it for later within a couple days, freezes very well...
 
2020-11-23 3:17:01 PM  
1 vote:

Gough: rosekolodny: TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding

https://www.mynewroots.org/site/2010/0​6/the-best-lentil-salad-ever-2/

I think this is a tie for first place with this curried red lentil salad https://www.epicurious.com/recip​es/member/views/curried-red-lentil-sal​ad-50075710

A friend gave me the one from new roots, but failed to mention the lentils du Puy detail...that's important.  Made with the typical brown lentils, it's more like the typical unremarkable lentil dish, the kind that we've been served hundreds of times in our 40+ years on the Palouse.


This is actually the recipe I use, and I could see the wine vinegar as an improvement.

Lentils= 1lb
Capers=1 jar
Currants=1 box, I think.  I add them until it looks right.
Onion should be chopped small

Fark user imageView Full Size


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-11-23 1:57:56 PM  
1 vote:

Muta: fallingcow: TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding

Curries.

Toss a handful in the rice maker with your rice, to give it a bit of a protein kick.

Waffle-iron lentil falafel patties to crush up in everything to make it delicious.

Fun fact.  Lentils and rice is high in protein and has all the amino acids of beef.


The Indians know from vegetarian. Trust them.

Except the carbs on carbs of the North Indians.
 
2020-11-23 1:38:20 PM  
1 vote:

TheFoz: Bought like 4 bags of lentils over the past couple of months.  No idea what to do with them, never used them before.

/basically I'm Hitler I guess for hoarding


Lentil soup rocks!  Saute some veggies like celery, onions and peppers in a pot.  Pour a box of stock into over it.  Toss in a bag of lentils and cook until tender.  Season to taste.
 
2020-11-23 11:03:58 AM  
1 vote:
I suppose it has nothing to do with the backlog of container ships that can't unload here?
 
Displayed 18 of 18 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking





On Twitter



  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.