How to cook white acre peas? Rinse and drain the peas, then add them to the boiling water, reduce the heat, and let them simmer uncovered until tender, for approximately 30 minutes. Drain the peas in a colander, season with kosher salt and pepper, and serve immediately with butter or olive oil.
To learn more about this type of peas with a delicate taste, keep reading this article, where you will be able to find more recipes and interesting facts.
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How To Cook White Acre Peas?
- In a pot, pour enough water to cover the peas while they cook.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- While the water heats, rinse fresh white acre peas and drain them in a colander.
- Once the water starts boiling, add peas and 3 ounces of bacon grease (optionally).
- Reduce the cooking temperature to medium-low heat.
- Cook for 30 minutes, uncovered.
- White acre peas form a foamy substance on the top of the boiling water. You can remove it with your spoon and continue cooking.
- After 30 minutes of simmering, your white acre peas should be tender and fully cooked.
- Drain them from the excess water, season with salt and pepper, and serve with a little bit of butter.
If you are looking for that soul food recipe with acre peas, I got you covered:
How To Cook White Acre Peas In Instant Pot?
- Rinse 3 cups of fresh peas and drain them in a colander.
- Dice 1 small onion and 3 slices of bacon in small pieces.
- Set your instant pot to SAUTE and add 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Add diced onion and bacon and cook until done.
- Add 2 cups of chicken stock, finely chopped 2 branches of fresh parsley, and white acre peas.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Set the instant pot to BEANS and cook for 15 minutes.
- Let the steam release naturally for another 15 minutes.
- Release the remaining steam, drain the peas from any remaining water and serve immediately.
You might also want to read a bit on how to cook black eyed peas so they do not fall apart – another great soul food!
How To Cook White Acre Peas With Bacon?
- Rinse 2-3 cups of fresh white acre peas and drain them in a colander.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan.
- Add 1 chopped onion 1 cup of chopped bacon, and cook them for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add 3 minced garlic cloves, and cook the garlic carefully so that it doesn’t burn.
- Add 1.5 cups of chicken broth and the peas.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- When your cooking peas form a foamy substance on the top, remove it with a spoon.
- Once the chicken broth evaporates and your peas are fully cooked and tender, transfer them to the serving dish and season with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and 1 tablespoon of butter.
Pro tip: If you want to enjoy all the meaty flavor, but you don’t want to use bacon or other meat, you can instead use 1 package of dry ham flavored concentrate for cooking white acre peas.
How To Cook Southern White Acre Peas?
If you want to make authentic southern peas, follow this recipe:
- In a medium-size saucepan, heat one tablespoon of bacon grease.
- Add 1 minced onion and saute for 6-7 minutes.
- Add 2 minced garlic cloves and saute for another minute.
- Add 1 smoked ham hock, 3 cups of fresh white acre peas, and 3 cups of water.
- You can also add other fresh vegetables, for example, 2 diced carrots.
- Season with kosher salt and pepper.
- Increase the cooking temperature until the water starts boiling, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with sliced ripe summer tomatoes
What Does White Acre Peas Taste Like?
White acre peas have a mild nutty flavor and a tender, creamy texture. They are a bit smaller than the black-eyed peas, and they have a more delicate taste.
Do You Have To Blanch White Acre Peas?
While white acre peas freeze exceptionally well, you will need to blanch them before freezing. Blanching stops the activity of naturally occurring enzymes that stimulate the ripening of the white acre peas.
To blanch peas, simply cook them in the boiling water for 90 seconds, then immediately plunge them in icy-cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain the peas and allow them to cool. Once they are completely cold, store them in plastic bags and then in the freezer. This way, they will be good to eat for several months.
You can use this method to blanch and store any type of field and green peas. They will retain their freshness and taste. When cooking frozen peas, you won’t need to thaw them beforehand, and they will cook just as fast as the fresh ones.
Are Zipper Peas And White Acre Peas The Same Thing?
Many people confuse white acre peas with other field peas, such as zipper peas and lady peas. Zipper peas are smaller than white acre peas, and their color ranges from pale yellow to light brown, while the white acre peas’ color ranges from light yellow to green. Lady peas have a more sweet and creamy taste than white acre peas.
Now you know how to cook white acre peas. The simplest way is to toss them in boiling water along with some bacon grease and then let them simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Once cooked and tender, drain them from the excess water and season with salt and pepper.
White acre peas are a popular ingredient in southern cuisine, and what makes them even better – is you can quickly blanch them while fresh and store them in your freezer for several months to cook and enjoy them even in the middle of the winter!