my roommate started soaking these, and now our whole house smells pretty horrible. can anyone identify what this is?
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It's a dried fava bean. Can't say I've ever noticed a bad smell while they were soaking. How long have they been in the water?
Thanks for the response! They had been soaking for about 2 days until this morning. Now they are in a bowl covered in a brownish paste.
They're fermenting. Toss 'em.
if they are indeed fava beans and you have more of the dried ones, don’t soak them for nut milk but for soups and stews instead – and not longer than overnight, in the fridge. or turn them into this very Roman dish of fava bean puree topped wit wilted bitter greens, or any other braised/roasted vegetable you like (artichokes, fennel, asparagus come to mind):http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.com/2012/04/fave-cicoria-a-non-recipe/
forgot to add: after soaking and/or balching you might want to perl of those white-ish green skins, they can be tough and bitter
Mixing fava beans with chickpeas makes an excellent falafelBut, if the beans are "off", toss them.
Being the wiseguy that I am, my first inclination was to say... "I can't identify the nut until you post your picture." Just kidding!