The London Magazine, or, Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer, 33: 249-250 (May, 1764)

Method of preparing Peas for Hog-Meat, recommended.

"A FEW years ago I had a plentiful crop of peas on a ten acre piece, which lies near my house: When they were full podded and nearly ripe, I had them hooked in the usual manner; but before I could get them in, there came a heavy shower of rain, which wetted them through and through; and the dull heavy weather, with frequent showers, which followed, prevented their drying for a considerable time.

I caused the wads to be, from time to time, turned, to prevent the haulm from rotting; and at length, a few days sun-shine dried them enough to be inned; for as they lay hollow, the wind was greatly assistant to the operation.

Before I got them in, on examining some of the pods, I found that the peas were all sprouted to a considerable length: this was what I had expected, as I gave my crop over for lost, till after a little recollection, as the weather still continued fine I determined to thresh them in the field.

This was accordingly done; and the corn, after it was cast and riddled to separate it from the rubbish, was dried on my malt-kiln.

When this operation was over, I began to reflect in what manner I should dispose of my peas, being sensible that they could not be proper for feed, and standing no chance of disposing of them to any advantage in the market.

At length, as it was then a time of war, and of course there was a great demand for pork for the use of the navy, I determined to buy in a considerable number of lean hogs, that I might by their means consume this crop on my own premises, and in that manner make the most of it.

My expectations were more than answered, for I found, by repeated experience, that three bushels of the peas I have mentioned went nearly as far in fattening the hogs I bought, as four bushels got in dry and hard in the manner usually practised.

This discovery I made several years ago, and it has turned out to my advantage; for since that time I have been quite indifferent as to the weather in which my peas are hooked; being, rather better pleased, as far as relates to them, with wet, than dry weather: but if the weather happens to be dry at the time they are ripe, I always cause as many as I want for feeding my hogs, which are not a few in a year, to be regularly malted in the same manner, nearly, as my barley: This management has, of late, succeeded very well with me, and I therefore intend to continue it.

Besides feeding my hogs with these malted peas, I have often given them to my horses, with which they agree very well, and are heartening food.

Turkeys will fatten apace on them also, and be fine meat.

I have applied my malted peas to many other uses, which I have not, at present, time to enumerate: But were they only used for feeding hogs and horses. it is still worth while to prepare some in this manner every year.

Rodings, Essex, April 2, 1764. A.K.
[Mus. Rust.]