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Jan 3, 2012 03:03 PM

Split pea soup - forgot to remove dried bay leaf...

before I used the immersion blender....opps! I am sure I am not the 1st person to do this and will probably not be the last but there is no need for concern....yes?

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  1. Nothing at all will happen, no need for concern.

    1. Hopefully it softened enough in the cooking that it blended away to nothing...if you are concerned you could put it through a sieve or food mill or just slowly pour it from one container to another looking for any "sticks." And no, you're not the first person to do it ;))

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      1. re: escondido123

        I guess I am not too concerned because as I was typing my original post, I was eating the!! And it is delicious!

      2. i've done this with pea soup and I took it to the blender for break the bay leaf down as much as possible. I don't think it'll hurt you either way.
        Now with my Vitamix, I can really cover my mistakes.

        1. As long as the bay leaf was crumbled up by the immersion blender, you're fine. The whole thing about removing the bay leaf began in the late 60s when a cookbook publisher was successfully sued by someone who choked on a whole bay leaf in I've forgotten now what recipe. Ever since then, every cookbook editor and copyeditor has been trained to write, "Remove the bay leaf." Can you swallow it without choking to death? If the answer is yes, no reason to remove it. Or worry about it.