Freezing peas at home is easy with this step by step guide. There is nothing better than peas eaten fresh from their pods but if you do have excess, freezing is a great way to preserve peas so they can be enjoyed for the coming months.
Feel the pea pods for the size of the pea inside. They can be harvested as baby peas or leave them on their vine a little longer for larger peas. Pick the pods by pinching them off making sure you grab the vine as you pinch off the pod. Otherwise you may accidently pull off more than you intended!
Peas should be frozen as soon as they are picked to retain as many nutrients as possible. If this isn’t possible place the peas in the fridge then freeze within a few days.
Store blanched frozen peas for up to 9 months in the freezer. Blanching the peas will extend their storage life and prevent freezer burn.
- Stainless Steel Sieve
- Bowls – These Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowls are great quality and can be used for many applications. (Paid link)
- Freezer Bag with Label
Time needed: 20 minutes.
How to Freeze Peas
- Remove the Peas From Their Pods
First remove the peas from their pods by snapping off the top. The side should then open up easily revealing the peas inside. Place the peas in a bowl and the pods in the compost bin.
- Boil the Water
Bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil. The saucepan will need to be big enough for the sieve to fit in.
- Prepare the Ice Water
Place cold water in a bowl then add an ice cube and set aside.
- Blanch the Peas
Place the peas in the sieve then place the sieve in the boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Stop the Cooking Process
Remove from the boiling water then place the sieve in the ice water until the peas have cooled.
- Drain, Label then Freeze
Drain the peas well then place in a freezer bag or container labelled with the contents and the date frozen. Squeeze out any excess air if using a bag then secure. Freeze immediately.
Freezing peas at home is an easy chore but it does take a little time to remove the peas from their pods. If you have a lot of pods enlist the help of your family.
It is important to use a Stainless-Steel Sieve as plastic sieves may melt when placed in the hot saucepan. Stainless steel will also last a lot longer than the plastic sieves. (Paid link)
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