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Old 06-29-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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What are split peas?

When making ham and split pea soup - what are split peas? I have frozen peas in my freezor. Will that do?

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Old 06-29-2010, 12:46 PM   #2
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Split pes are dried peas that are split in half.

You can use frozen peas but will need more than the amount given for dried split peas.
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Thanks.

It says 1 cups split peas.
How much more?

Is it worth going to the store and buying the split peas?

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It says 1 cups split peas.
How much more?

Is it worth going to the store and buying the split peas?


I'd go with double the amount. The dried peas are smaller and take up less space. You may not need as much liquid since there is moisture in the frozen peas and they don't need to absorb liquid to rehydrate.
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Thanks.

It says 1 cups split peas.
How much more?

Is it worth going to the store and buying the split peas?
If you want Split Pea Soup, yes, it is worth going to the store and getting the dried peas.

I find little similarity between soup made with split peas and soup made with fresh peas. Texture, color, taste are all very different. Both very tasty, but quite different one from the other.
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And, actually, frozen peas will have yet different taste than the fresh or even canned ones, for that matter.
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A split pea soup made with anything other than split peas would just not be the same IMO.

Charlie, you will like this one...In my house growing up we did not eat ham, so for those who keep kosher or do not eat ham you can replace that with cut up hotdogs. It give the soup that meaty salty kick without using ham.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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I went out and bought a bag of split peas. I'll use them in the soup as the original recipe calls for. Right now I'm waiting patiently while my stock is simmering.
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A split pea soup made with anything other than split peas would just not be the same IMO.

Charlie, you will like this one...In my house growing up we did not eat ham, so for those who keep kosher or do not eat ham you can replace that with cut up hotdogs. It give the soup that meaty salty kick without using ham.
I know a lot of folks who use smoked turkey wings.
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There is a wonderful smoked turkey legs product and also turkey shwarma, same thing as legs but thighs. They taste even better than pork.
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