Quick soak method: Rinse the black eye peas, and place into a pot. Cover with water allowing 1 inch over the top. Bring to a boil on the stove top and boil for 1 minute covered. Remove from the stove and allow the peas to sit for 1 hour covered. Rinse, then proceed with the instructions above.
This same method will work with pinto, navy, or butter beans.