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Winter Time is Making Soup Time 
 
Jan. 12, 2012 11:31 am 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2012 4:29 am
Slow Cooker Bean and Pea Soup
 
1 cup dried small white beans
1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup diced onion
5 cups water
1 1/2 lbs ham hocks, trim off skin and excess fat
dash of aromatic bitters
2 teaspoons salt free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash(R)*
1 teaspoon salt
 
Rinse and sort through beans an peas. Soak beans and peas in 6 cups of water in a covered bowl, overnight.
Drain well. In a 6 quart slow cooker, place carrots celery and onion. Top with peas and beans and ham hocks. Pour in water and add salt free seasoning and bitters. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until beans are tender. Stir in salt. Remove meat and bones to a plate and cool slight. When cool enough to handle, cut meat into small pieces and  place in slow cooker. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes to heat through. Better when refrigerated overnight and reheated to serve next day.** Serves 6 to 8.
 
*I sometimes use Bavarian Seasoning from Penzy's Spices(R)
 
**TO COOL A BIG BATCH OF SOUP OR STOCK SAFELY
During the winter I put big batches out on the balcony in covered containers. The outside temperature needs to be 40 degrees F. or less. I used to use a screened in porch when I had one. If you can't cool the soup outside. Divide into smaller preferably flat containers. Place in the  refrigerator and try not to open the door for 2 to 4 hours. Place containers on wire racks in the frig to get more cold air circulating around the cooling soup.
 
TO COOL EVEN FASTER: fill clean zip close bags with ice cubes and place in soup. Excess fat will also cling to the bags so you won't have to wait over night for skimming off fat.
 
Comments
Jan. 12, 2012 5:17 pm
I so almost skipped this post... I am so tired I thought you said soap.. not soup! Great recipe and darn good tips! Thanks for a new soup recipe... my family calls me the soup nazi!
 
CJ 
Jan. 13, 2012 4:13 am
I'm getting so I can hardly stand any canned soup anymore. I do use canned low sodium broth.
 
Jan. 13, 2012 10:29 am
I made About 2 Gallons of Beef vegetable soup today. Beef stock, #10 can of Tomatoes, #10 can Of Veg-All, 3 Pounds of Rib-eye.
 
Mrs. C 
Feb. 2, 2012 10:40 am
I have been away from AR for some time. Just found my "suscription" list, and find that you are not posting as much? Love your blogs, and will continue to check up on yours. By the way... crock pot soup is on for tonight!
 
CJ 
Feb. 3, 2012 4:29 am
Good to hear from you Mrs. C. Look for my post on no knead whole wheat bread soon.
 
 
 
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CJ

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Carpentersville, Illinois, USA
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About Me
I love to develop new recipes. I have had 15 recipes published by Reiman publications, publishers of TASTE OF HOME magazine. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. My other interests that aren't listed above are running and horse racing. By profession I am a registered medical technologist currently working in microbiology at a local medical center.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. Main dishes for interesting evening meals. Simple baking like cookie jar cookies and quick breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I basically make Thanksgiving dinner like my mom did.
My cooking triumphs
Winning a runner up prize for my lasagne recipe when I worked for the Nestle corporation. (I was a part time R&D assistant for the Willy Wonka Candy Factory)
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make sweet and sour shrimp with deep fried shrimp. Coating came off the shrimp when I put the sauce on. My familiy refused to eat it. We were short of money then and it hurt to waste the food and then go get MacDonald's for dinner.
 
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