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Can I Still Use These Peas??

CurlieGlamourGirlie Jan 1, 2013 06:11 AM

I had the best intentions of making split pea soup. Soaked the peas, and then promptly got caught up in a million other things and they sat in my dutch oven for a couple of days.

This morning, I opened the lid and there was a bit of a smell and a little bit of bubbling on the top of the water.

Emptied the pot and rinsed them. Can I still use them or should I toss them and start over??

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    CurlieGlamourGirlie Jan 2, 2013 12:23 PM

    Thank you thank you!!

    Definitely tossed them and am glad to know they don't need to be soaked!

    1. Bacardi1 Jan 1, 2013 01:40 PM

      Definitely toss them!!

      For starters, split peas - like lentils - do not require any pre-soaking. Whole dried peas, yes; split dried peas, no.

      Second, those peas have started to ferment on you, & while they won't kill you, your soup will have a very "off" flavor, & could make you a bit ill.

      I once soaked a pound of Great Northern Beans overnight, & the next day was under the weather & forgot all about them. When I opened the lid of that pot the following day, whew - a strong fermenty smell & the same bubbly/foamy stuff on top of the water. I didn't even consider using them.

      Dried peas/beans are cheap. Buy fresh ones & start over. And remember - no soaking needed. :)

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        magiesmom Jan 1, 2013 01:15 PM

        They sound bad to me.
        By the way, split peas and lentils don't need to be soaked, in fact it makes them less good. And I am someone who always soaks beans.

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          Puffin3 Jan 1, 2013 07:36 AM

          Get rid. The "bubbling" is the being of a rather unpleasant fermentation.

          1. chicgail Jan 1, 2013 06:34 AM

            Toss 'em. At least it's not an expensive mistake.

            1. pikawicca Jan 1, 2013 06:28 AM

              I would start over. Even if these don't make you sick, chances are they're not going to taste very good.

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