Lancashire Pea and Ham Soup
- A Few Notes about Dried Peas Soaking Dried Peas,
Overnight Method, Put 1 cup / 200grams / 7 ounces dried peas into a large bowl with 3 cups / 700ml / 1¼ pints tepid water. Do not add any salt.
Quick soak Method, Put 1 cup / 200grams / 7 ounces dried peas into a large saucepan with 3 cups / 700ml / 1¼ pints water. Bring to the boil and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat. Cover pan and leave to stand for one hour.
DO NOT EAT RAW SOAKED PEAS
Cooking dried peas, on the stove drain the water from the soaked peas and move peas to a large saucepan. Cover with plenty of fresh water, cover and bring slowly to the boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to a simmer cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until tender. The longer the soaking time, the shorter the cooking time. If necessary add salt during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
In a slow cooker, proceed as above, adding to the slow cooker after boiling rapidly on the stove for 10 minutes.
In the microwave, soak 225g (½ lb) dried peas overnight. Drain peas then transfer to a 2 litre (3½ pt) glass bowl. Add sufficient boiling water to come 1.25cm (½") above peas. Cover and stand bowl on glass plate in case water boils over. Cook on full power for 30 minutes, checking water level after 20 minutes. Top up with boiling water if necessary. Keep covered and leave to stand for 10 minutes. 650-watt microwave.
Store dried peas at room temperature in a covered container for up to one year. Canned peas should be stored in a cool dry place and should be used within one year.
Soaked or cooked dried peas can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Cooked dried peas can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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- YOU WILL NEED
- 1 pound Marrowfat Peas. (dried)
- 8 cups Ham Stock. if at all possible homemade
- 2 ribs Celery. Chopped finely
- 2 medium Carrots Peeled and Chopped
- 1 large onion. chopped
- 3 teaspoons Fresh Thyme Leaves
- ½ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ cup Fresh Parsley. Finely Chopped
- 2 cups Ham. diced. . preferably from the ham hock you have just used to make the stock