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Old 10-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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Split Pea gone bad

Made a batch of my Split pea soup. Soaked the peas overnight without salt. After all the work and hours of cooking. The peas never softened. Threw it all out. Wasted ham hocks bacon stock and potatoes.
What happened to the peas?

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Old 10-22-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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How long did you cook the peas in the stock, etc.?
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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Couple of hours. I just cook them till their done. I ended up cooking them five hours. They never softened. I have made this before and never had this problem
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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That happened to me once too. Recipe made many times no problems, but once..
Hard beans.

Very frustrating!
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:58 PM   #5
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The peas were probably very old. Once they get too old they will never soften.
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:05 PM   #6
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I figure Kroger owes for the whole lot.
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:06 PM   #7
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I'm sorry about that, it is weird though. If the peas were soaking the whople night and did not get soft after 5 hours of cooking they were definetely very old and I mean very old.
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:39 PM   #8
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I agree that they were probably very old. However, I never soak split peas overnight, just toss them into the stock and simmer for a couple of hours.

Overnight soaking is for whole dry beans, not split peas or lentils.
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:43 PM   #9
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I have been making (and eating) Split Pea soup for more than 60 years, and have NEVER soaked one. There is no need to soak them, as they cook, along with the vegetables (and ham bone, if you use one) and soften up just fine.

I always use a bag of peas from the grocery store, and I realize there's no real way to tell how fresh they are, but I can't imagine having them stay hard. Or even thinking of soaking them beforehand.
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #10
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I just made some two nights ago with smoked turkey necks.
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