The green peas which I had bought from the organic shop were a pain in the ass. They refused to soften no matter what I did to them. I think if they were around during Jesus' time, he would have yelled at them, 'You stiff necked peas!' I think the peas were 1000 years old.
I had soaked them for almost 24 hours.
And then I boiled them for 2 hours.
And they were as hard as ever. I think they overdosed on Viagra.
And then it struck me!
Why not add some baking soda to the water?
And they softened within 15 minutes.
Baking soda saved the peas!
Here's a link which I found after I experimented! Click on LINK.