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Old 04-23-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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Do I soak the beans for Split Pea Soup?

Do I need to soak the peas before cooking them.
The bag says soaking not required. The recipe says to soak them.

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Old 04-23-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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Well I know that many recipes say you don't have to...

Being from French Canadian extraction I tend to soak ALL dried peas and beans, the smaller ones just not as long.

I sometimes buy the soup mixes that have rice and barley as well as split peas and many different beans, and I soak the mixes overnight.
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Old 04-23-2005, 02:02 PM   #3
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The recipe that I use does not soak them. The only difference it should make is the cooking time. If you don't soak them the soup may take a little longer to cook.

Here is a website with some information on cooking with dried peas.

http://www.bestcookingpulses.com/recipeTips.html
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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Moved to the soup forum
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:14 PM   #5
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I would not soak them. I find they soak just fine in the soup and suck up all that great flavor.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:30 PM   #6
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kurlylox, don't soak them. Just make sure you have lots of the stock in the pot when you put them in. If you want your soup to be nice and thick then you need your peas to be dry when they go in. I was very disappointed in my soup the one time I soaked them first.
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Old 04-23-2005, 05:47 PM   #7
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I agree ... split peas I never pre-soak - and always start with cold liquid (water or stock - depends on the recipe).
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Ok thanks for the advice, I put them in the crockpot to cook without soaking them.
Sure am looking forward to eating them
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I live at a high altitude so soaking regular beans is a must, however you do not need to soak split peas or lentils.
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Old 04-23-2005, 08:45 PM   #10
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I beleive that you don't need to soak split peas or lentils before cooking.
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