I've been cooking split pea soup for two days and the recipe says 4 hrs ...

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by TerryJ2, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    I've had this issue before. Why is it taking so long? It is only now starting to get mushy. I soaked the entire bag overnight (again, the recipe says 4 hrs, I gave it 8).
    I've got it on low, so I can leave the house.
    Should I just stand over it and boil the h*ll out of it?
  2. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    I don't remember exactly the details, but I know that if you have the wrong kid of water in your tap, it doesn't work well with dried peas/beans/lentils.
  3. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    Yes to the water. Hard water can create a problem. You can try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the pot but do so when you can watch the pot because if it is going to work it can make them soften quickly and you don't want mush.

    Also I the peas are too old sometimes they won't soften so it's sometimes risky to use bulk store in case you ER older ones
  4. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I have this problem a lot with pinto beans, and we have hard water. When the crock pot took 3 days to make beans, after being soaked for about 12 hours in hot, I got fussy.

    If you boil them, they will lose some of their taste.
  5. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Terry, after 3 days I'd get out the food processor or blender and mash them that way. Seriously.

  6. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Ah, food processor. Hadn't thought of that.
    And I didn't know that they lose some of their flavor if they are boiled.
    Thank you!
    They are halfway mushy now, but I may still throw some in the processor.
  7. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    UMMM..........send some soup my way........I love split pea.
  8. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I've heard that sometimes it's the peas- the just won't cook- same thing with pinto beans. Anyway- I LOVE split pea soup so I hope you end up with some and can enjoy it!
  9. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Ta-da! The food processor did the trick. The ham is in it and it's all set to go. (I have to put that in last because husband won't eat anything except fowl and fish.)
  10. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    OK....so my address is......PO BOX..........:)
  11. jal

    jal Member

    Split pea soup should be done in 1 to 1 1/2 hours, but you have to keep it around medium heat. Low heat should definately work taking a bit more time, but I have never heard of 2 days and I don't even soak my split peas for this. Maybe H2O is a factor.
  12. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    I'm glad the food processor worked, Terry. I've used my blender for split pea soup, potato soup, avocado soup, that kind of thing. It has always worked out well for me. Enjoy!

  13. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Thank you all. :)