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Picking over Lentils

>Since I started looking seriously at lentil recipes, I have been 
>intrigued with the instruction "rinse and pick over".
>What exactly am I picking them over for? I assume it is to remove 
>something, but I have never found anything that needed removing.
>Looking forward to your comments.

>Fran Watts 

Hi Fran..What you would be picking out is rocks. Little pebbles...I made a
huge pot of Black Turtle Beans last night and picked out about a dozen
little stones. Last time I made them, I missed one. Luckily, my Mother in
Law got it and not me. <grin>. 

Happy Picking,,
Dawn (Ontario, Canada)