Everyone is pretty busy; the list of tasks in a fish and chip shop before opening are pretty endless. However, this is one job that should not be avoided.
Marrowfat peas are different from regular peas, marrowfat peas and other pulses should be well rinsed and drained just before use. They are from the farms where they have spent more time in the field, so there will be some dust residue that is easily removed with rinsing.
There are a few benefits you need to keep in mind when washing your peas:
✅ The peas WILL taste better.
✅ The peas WILL smell better, sometimes mushy peas have a very strong smell when cooking. This is because many of the impurities in the water.
✅ You will not need to add any artificial colourings.
✅ You will not need as much seasoning.
I wanted to run a little test to show you what the water is like after washing the peas. We washed the peas by agitating them with water in a tub with a lid on. A very simple process that could be done by anyone in no time at all.
This water was left behind from 1kg of dried peas, it took me 2-3 minutes to give them a shake in an airtight container with water in it. I did this washing process three times and discarded the water.
I also recommend a good rinse after soaking your peas as the cells inside the pea will be enlarged and you might be able to shake out a little more dirt.
The washing process is a really good time to remove any shrivelled or broken seeds or any foreign matter such as dried soil or pebbles.
Why not give it a try, you might even like the results. A little time spent washing will definitely increase sales because your mushy peas taste so much better.