Monday night, I put a pound of blackeyed peas in the crockpot. I had never used the crockpot for beans or peas, only the cast iron Dutch oven. Well, this was a fail.
To avoid the gas-causing effects of peas and beans, I put the peas on with water, bring to a boil, turn the heat off, let sit for at least and hour (maybe longer), pour into a colander, rinse the peas well, rinse pot, return beans to pot with more water and cook until tender.
In order the counteract the gassy effect of eating peas, I decided to use baking soda like I have read that people do. Well, it seems the baking soda goes in the soaking phase. Since I missed that window and they were cooking, I decided to take my chances.
Now, I cannot go out in public!
On the plus side, maybe, the beans are all intact. Usually, the high heat, I suppose, of the stove causes the beans to just fall to pieces. I don't mind the sort of broken, mushy peas. Others do. If I had soaked the beans first, then cooked, this would be a picture perfect pot of peas!
As it was, I ate a bowl of peas with catsup at lunch and another at dinner. Yes, catsup on both bowls. I rarely use catsup on my blackeyed peas, but in the absence of sweet potatoes and turnip greens, I decided to use my childhood way of eating the peas.
I told my two Mexican friends about eating blackeyed peas on New Year's Eve for good luck in the New Year. They were not impressed or willing to try them.
Early in the morning of NYE, I will have a teaspoon of these for the good luck, but will NOT indulge at all the rest of the day. Someone might come in contact with me during the day or on New Year's Day. That would be unpleasant and embarrassing for me.
Next time, I might use the crockpot. I certainly will soak them before cooking!
Are you having blackeye peas for good luck?