Is it possible to overcook peas as one could overcook a steak or pasta, or are they like mushrooms in that they cannot be overcooked?

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    Fresh green peas or dried peas? – Catija Jul 31 '17 at 16:18
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    If you try, you can overcook anything. – SnakeDoc Jul 31 '17 at 16:47
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    @SnakeDoc with fresh peas, you don't even have to try. Look at them wrong and they turn brown and unappealing. – Catija Jul 31 '17 at 18:47
  • @SnakeDoc mushrooms are kind of difficult to, unless you get them either soggy or burn them :) – rackandboneman Aug 1 '17 at 4:55

Yes! Fresh/frozen green peas can really easily be overcooked. They'll lose the bright green, getting more dull and a bit darker. They'll also get mushy. If you've had both nicely cooked fresh/frozen peas and canned peas, this should be pretty familiar to you.

If you mean something dried, more like beans, then sure, you can still overcook. The color is already a bit of a lost cause, but they'll still get mushy with extended cooking.

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    Yes. Canned peas are a good example of this. – Catija Jul 31 '17 at 18:48
  • So many think that mushy is cooked correctly while others of us consider that ruined. Is a matter of taste and experience I suppose though. – dlb Jul 31 '17 at 19:28
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    @dlb Well, even if you like mushy, it's possible to cook them til they disintegrate. So unless your goal is something like mashed pea soup, they can still be overcooked. – Cascabel Jul 31 '17 at 21:39

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