Black Eyed Peas

I started my eating from the pantry prep today. Of course a family tradition is to eat collards and black eyed peas for the New Years. This will be my first year cooking the black eyed peas and collards.  My Mom is cooking the pork chops  thank goodness!

I will have plenty of beans leftover to use in the month of January for my Eat From The Pantry Challenge since I had a large bag. I will freeze my leftovers, see the bottom of the post on how to freeze peas.

I have been warned that it will smell up the house so my crockpots may end up in the garage to avoid the smell. At least everyone that comes in the house will think the dog did it. LOL!

If you are like me this will actually be the first time ever I have cooked black eyed peas that aren’t frozen! So here is a little instruction on how to do it.

Cooking Lesson by: My Mom

1. Pour your package of black eyed peas in a bowl and add water so that it allows the beans to expand over night. ( I did this last night)

2. Drain and rinse the beans using a strainer in the morning.

3. Pour beans in crockpot and add water to cover beans. Cook on high for several hours or until done. ( Beans are done when you can mash them with two fingers.)

4. If cooking for a day a head place in fridge to avoid souring. Freeze any remaining.

 

To Freeze peas after cooking:

1. Make sure you use ziploc bags that are for freezer use.
2. Do not put in freezer until they have cooled. To cool: Place in a bowl and put in sink. Fill sink half way to the bowl with cold water. make sure the water doesn’t over flow and get in the bowl.
2. Pour in beans leaving 1/2 in headspace ( enough room for expansion )
3. Air tight bag by pushing out as much are as possible. Do not smush the beans in the process!
4. Seal bag and place in the coldest part of the freezer. Once frozen you can move to another location in the freezer to avoid freezer burn.

Cooking Beans After Frozen:

1. In general, use the least amount of water. Usually a 1/2 cup of water for every 2 cups of beans.
2. You do not have to thaw peas out before cooking.
3. Cook until done. This varies with the amount that you are cooking.

**** To add a different flavor add bacon grease and salt to the water that you are cooking with.****


Other additions or recipes for Black Eyed Peas Click below:

Using ham or bacon in your black eyed peas recipe

Dried Bean Guide for other types of beans

Also try: The Tasting Table , Pork Chop Recipe e-cookbook

 

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