When the power came back on this afternoon, I set about making today’s pot of hot n’ hearty soup. I got the sausages, onions, carrots, and garlic going in a little grapeseed oil, and when they were tender, I dumped in a bit of red wine, let them simmer a bit longer, then emptied the pot out into a big bowl.
Then I rinsed two cups of lentils and threw them in the empty pot with two quarts of water and came back to my desk to work online. When I stepped back into the kitchen to check on the progress of the lentils, there were all these little floaty things in there. You know–pantry moth larvae. BLECH!
I took the pot off the heat and proceded to drain the water and rinse the lentils several more times. It was more than icky. But I did manage to get the extra protein I didn’t want drained off. Considering how much water it took to rinse those uninvited guests out of the lentils (and they were in a sealed container–which means they were there from the store), I think I’ll just compost the rest of that container of lentils and start fresh.
Next time when I get home from the store, I’ll throw the entire bag of beans or grain or whatever in the freezer for a few days before I put it in the pantry.