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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diner
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:53 pm 
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Tonight I made the black eyed peas to have for dinner - ended up having to cook a lot longer than the recipe recommended (old beans maybe? The bag recommends soaking while Julie dies not) but even with longer cooking I ended up with a lot of grey liquid.

Don't get me wrong, they taste fine and I used a slotted spoon to serve so not a huge deal. But I really haven't cooked much with dry beans do I'm not sure if I screwed something up. I tried really hard to follow the recipe exactly so I doubt that, honestly.

Anyway, thoughts? Should I have had a thicker, stewier pot of beans or was the amount of liquid normal? And was it supposed to be a nasty grey?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diner
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:45 pm 
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Moon wrote:
Tonight I made the black eyed peas to have for dinner - ended up having to cook a lot longer than the recipe recommended (old beans maybe? The bag recommends soaking while Julie dies not) but even with longer cooking I ended up with a lot of grey liquid.

Don't get me wrong, they taste fine and I used a slotted spoon to serve so not a huge deal. But I really haven't cooked much with dry beans do I'm not sure if I screwed something up. I tried really hard to follow the recipe exactly so I doubt that, honestly.

Anyway, thoughts? Should I have had a thicker, stewier pot of beans or was the amount of liquid normal? And was it supposed to be a nasty grey?


How strange Moon. I'm so sorry that happened. I'm going to guess that it was the dried peas. I recently heard from a wholesaler that even if the beans are fresh to the market, they can be years old. It's crazy, and makes it frustrating since they can vary so much. That should be a thick stewier pot of beans. I don't usually soak black-eyed peas because they cook so much faster, but you absolutely can. Another thought is to cook them in a slow cooker, and cut down on the liquid some, since you know that your batch needs much less. I cook a lot of my beans in the slow cooker these days, because they get a nice thick gravy that way.

I hope that helps!

Julie


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Diner
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:51 am 
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Moon wrote:
Tonight I made the black eyed peas to have for dinner - ended up having to cook a lot longer than the recipe recommended (old beans maybe? The bag recommends soaking while Julie dies not) but even with longer cooking I ended up with a lot of grey liquid.

Don't get me wrong, they taste fine and I used a slotted spoon to serve so not a huge deal. But I really haven't cooked much with dry beans do I'm not sure if I screwed something up. I tried really hard to follow the recipe exactly so I doubt that, honestly.

Anyway, thoughts? Should I have had a thicker, stewier pot of beans or was the amount of liquid normal? And was it supposed to be a nasty grey?


How strange Moon. I'm so sorry that happened. I'm going to guess that it was the dried peas. I recently heard from a wholesaler that even if the beans are fresh to the market, they can be years old. It's crazy, and makes it frustrating since they can vary so much. That should be a thick stewier pot of beans. I don't usually soak black-eyed peas because they cook so much faster, but you absolutely can. Another thought is to cook them in a slow cooker, and cut down on the liquid some, since you know that your batch needs much less. I cook a lot of my beans in the slow cooker these days, because they get a nice thick gravy that way.

I hope that helps!

Julie


The good news is that the leftovers thickened up really nicely and tasted even better! Really happy that I will have enough to freeze for a couple of future lunches.

I might also give them a go in the slow cooker in future. Thanks Julie!!

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