Boil split peas in two different pots (1 pot with 2 cups peas and 3 cup water and the other pot with 1 cup peas and
2 cups of water) adding a pinch of salt and pepper to both.
You will need to add more water as peas boil, when adding water make sure and cover peas fully.
Medium diced carrots, celery, onions and ham. Set aside vegetables.
Sauté ham in soup pot on medium high heat, till ham is caramelized (do not burn ham! Lower heat if necessary will take about 4 to 5 minutes).
Once ham is caramelized add carrots celery and onions sauté for about five minutes on medium to high heat.
Stir frequently and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Check the liquid levels on your two pots of split peas!! If split peas are not at desired tenderness add more water and continue to boil.
Set pot with ham and vegetables aside until split peas are at desired tenderness.
Once split peas reach desired tenderness combine the pot with 2 cups of split peas (with liquid) and one and a half quarts of hot water in with the ham and vegetables. Bring to a boil, once at a boil add seasonings and stir.
Boil for a couple of minutes, Split peas should be dissolving at this point. Add remainder of split peas (with liquid) to the pot as well as vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes or until split peas are desired tenderness.
Add more salt and pepper as desired.