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    question, split peas

    Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:31 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    When I cook split peas for a dish, the split peas always come out unevenly cooked, most are still hard in the center after cooking them much longer than the instructions call for which is 'simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes until peas are soft' I wind up cooking them for at least an hour, and they still are not soft all the way through.

    Are split peas supposed to be harder in the center, or is it something I'm doing?
    Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:52 pm
    Forum Host
    Your split peas are probably old. Old dried peas take significantly longer to cook, and sometimes they will stay hard and dry even after cooking icon_sad.gif

    Just because they were recently purchased, that doesn't mean they aren't old (there really isn't any way to tell until you cook them). Unfortunately it happens with dry beans/peas.
    Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:54 pm Groupie
    Are you cooking them in an acid? That will make them fail to soften. Are they very old? That will also cause your recipe to fail.
    Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:02 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    They aren't old, and unless coconut milk and vegetable broth have acidic properties I don't know about, that isn't the problem either.
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