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Old 01-26-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Split Pea Soup

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?

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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If you were using split peas, I'm not sure what the problem was. Nothing in your recipe would have even caused beans to stay hard. The only thing I can suggest is to place the soup into a large sauce pan and gently boil for about 45 minutes. The peas should absorb water and soften. If your crock pot setting was incorrect (too low) then the peas wouldn't cook.

I always cook my pea soup on the stove top as it only takes about an hour, maybe a bit more from start to finish, and the peas are completely cooked. When I stir it, everything becomes homogeneous, except for the meat of course. And my soup is thick enough that I don't have to add roux as a binder.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:36 PM   #3
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I agree with GW. Pea soup isn`t something I would ever try in a slow cooker.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:48 PM   #4
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Thank you for your quick responses! I actually always do it in the slow cooker. Sometimes I set it for 8 hours, other times 10. I am thinking I may have to stick with the 8 hours ... Although, it was bubbling pretty good when I got home and it still had an hour left. It's so perplexing. I make this at least once a month and have never had a problem.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:33 PM   #5
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Use a hand blender or regular blender to puree the soup.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:33 PM   #6
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Actually I'm surprised you ever got it to work in a crock pot. Even when cooking split peas on the stove top, they need stirring, or they won't all get softened.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #7
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i crockpot my pea soup 4 a few days & that purees itself
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:15 PM   #8
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yes a blender will do the trick, or a food processor. If you got an old bag of peas they are longer to soften, but...

I made pea soup yesterday too. Love it!
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:16 PM   #9
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Pea and lentil soup are so fast on the stove.

But anyway, your peas might have been old. Old dry legumes sometimes never soften no matter what you do to them.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:34 PM   #10
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Pea and lentil soup are so fast on the stove.

But anyway, your peas might have been old. Old dry legumes sometimes never soften no matter what you do to them.
Jenny just beat me too it. I bet I've made a hundred pots of split pea soup in my lifetime, and once they never did soften. I think they were old.
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