Large peas did not cook quickly enough
There were some large peas that were inadequately softened even after I extended the cooking time of my soup. I will try another brand next time.
I bought this as I probably make soup at least 3 to 4 times a week and it seemed like it would be ideal to add this broth mix into some of the soups I make. Firstly it is so faffy, the mix has to be rinsed and soaked overnight and then boiled on the hob for 2 hours! But worse, it was absolutely disgusting, it looked like thick wallpaper paste and was a most unappetizing grey color. I have used the lentils and the split peas in my soup maker. Normally just give them a rinse and add to the soup, no hassle at all. In future I think I will continue to use the lentils and split peas but use the pearl barley in a can. It might be more expensive but I ended up chucking the broth mix away so a false economy really.
And ignore the packet instructions to drain after cooking - makes a lovely broth as it simmers, especially with some sauteed onion (and we added in a bit of ham as well)
This is great in soups, especially as a meat alternative. Also fantastic for sprouting for pet parrots! Very nutritious.