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Old 01-27-2011, 09:48 PM   #31
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Funny...I had the opposite thing happen a few weeks ago. Went to check the soup after a couple of hours and the peas had disappeared. The broth tasted great, so I dumped in some canned field peas and saved it, but I have no idea what happened.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:25 PM   #32
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So I made a crock pot of split pea soup yesterday, or at least I tried. I did what I always do ... Chop one onion, 2 handfuls of baby carrots, and 1 ham steak, place in crock pot with one, one pound bag of rinsed, split green peas and 8 cups chicken stock. I set it on the 10 hour setting and left for work. Got home, the house smelled wonderful but when I went to stir it, I found the peas were still solid, little pieces! Normally, after 10 hours they are just mush when I stir it, just how we like it. I set it out in garage overnight (a balmy 33 degrees) and plugged it back in today to no avail. It's grainy and just tastes like overcooked ham.

What do you think? Did I get bad peas? Anyone else have this happen?
First off, let me say, I'm no fan of split pea soup - eww! I used to have to eat it as a child and it was gross - probably the way it was cooked. However, I have heard that beans/lentils etc with a high sugar content will not cook well in a crockpot. Did you buy the same brand of peas you usually buy? Maybe this batch had a higher sugar/starch content for some reason? Perhaps they way they were grown, area of the country? I sometimes have trouble getting navy beans to cook all the way through in the crockpot on the 10 hour cycle, even after soaking all night. Bean/lentil type recipies are iffy for me in the crock pot.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:43 PM   #33
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:05 AM   #34
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I guess I'm still not understanding GW. By the time mine is finished cooking there are no solids left, other than the bits of ham. I cook mine a very long time. Are you saying your peas have not become a liquid? If not, what are the solids?
KL, I thing he means when the extra liquid floats on top of the gelled or "solid" soup.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:09 AM   #35
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I just stir it in. I like it a little thinner. It can get pretty "solid" after a night in the fridge.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:40 AM   #36
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Here's a delicious twist on Split Peas:

ZHIZARAíS LIMA BEAN & SPLIT PEA SOUP

1 Big Hambone or any bone or joint with meat on it or ham hocks I even use Jenni-O turkey ham added at the end sometimes.

Switch meats around for different flavors.

Lots of water
1 C Baby Lima Beans
1 C Split Peas
1 Chopped Onion
2-3 Smashed Garlic Cloves
1 Bay Leaf

Cook. You know what to do.

Donít forget to stir. Both Baby Limas and Split Peas cook quickly enough that they cook together well.

Remove bone when you can push the meat off the bone easily.

Cool and clean up meat, cut coarsely and add back to the pot when the beans are done.

Stir and adjust seasoning when ready to serve.

Whatís especially nice about this soup is the contrast of first tasting the split pea soup, then biting into the soft Baby Limas for a burst of different flavor. YUM.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:42 AM   #37
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Here's a delicious twist on Split Peas:

ZHIZARAíS LIMA BEAN & SPLIT PEA SOUP

1 Big Hambone or any bone or joint with meat on it or ham hocks I even use Jenni-O turkey ham added at the end sometimes.

Switch meats around for different flavors.

Lots of water
1 C Baby Lima Beans
1 C Split Peas
1 Chopped Onion
2-3 Smashed Garlic Cloves
1 Bay Leaf

Cook. You know what to do.

Donít forget to stir. Both Baby Limas and Split Peas cook quickly enough that they cook together well.

Remove bone when you can push the meat off the bone easily.

Cool and clean up meat, cut coarsely and add back to the pot when the beans are done.

Stir and adjust seasoning when ready to serve.

Whatís especially nice about this soup is the contrast of first tasting the split pea soup, then biting into the soft Baby Limas for a burst of different flavor. YUM.
Sounds good!

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:36 AM   #38
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I like both split peas and limas...should be good. Copied and pasted!
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:51 AM   #39
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Thank you Princess. It was one of those necessity being the mother of invention recipes as I didn't have enough of either to go with a huge bone. I'll do it on purpose now.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:08 PM   #40
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does nobody but me prefer WHOLE green peas over split green peas for making the best pea soup ever? i go to a lot of trouble and expense to obtain these whole dried peas. unless you are dead set on creammmy pea soup, the little pea shells are fun to munch, as they separate from the soft pea interior. they are also tasty to eat dry(ish) as a yummy high protein snack.
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