So as we snapped the plastic pieces together and laughed at our errors, I made a batch of Lentil Soup. I think the fact that one has a ham bone in the kitchen makes creating either lentil or split pea soup an imperative ! Heck, some times I will simply make a ham for no reason just to get the ham bone because I want Lentil soup ! Don't know why that idea got stuck in my head, but it is there. In the old days I would simply toss in the lentils because I was led to believe that they required no soaking and were the fast food of the bean world. While this is still true, I have come to learn that lentils and any bean , grain and nut can be improved by soaking in a mild lactic acid solution for 8-24 hrs before preparing. So this time I made my soup with soaked lentils.
Bone from a shank ham
4 cups bone broth
2 cups lentils ( soaked the night before in 4 cups water and 1 tsp cider vinegar- removes phytic acid)
4 onions,peeled and chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, sliced
Drain and rinse lentils. Place everything in the crock pot and cook on low 6 hrs or till lentils are mushy.