How to Freeze Snow Peas
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How to Freeze Snow Peas

This step by step guide with pictures shows how to freeze snow peas so they are enjoyed in the months to come. Freezing is the best method of preserving fresh snow peas from the garden.

Snow peas are grown during the cooler months in warm and temperate climates with planting in the fall (autumn) however in cooler climates they are grown during the warmer months with planting in the spring.

They are easy to grow and just need a support for the vines to cling to. See this guide to Growing Snow Peas for more information.

During harvest there is usually a glut of edible pods which will need to be harvested at once. This makes freezing a great option to prevent waste and to ensure you can enjoy these sweet pods in the months to come.

Cooking Frozen Snow Peas

Frozen snow peas do not need to be thawed. Simply add them straight to your favorite stir fry or simply steam for a few minutes. Steamed snow peas pair well with lemon juice or aioli.

Freezing Snow Peas

It is possible to freeze washed snow peas without blanching however they will not last as long in the freezer. If you are planning on using the snow peas soon and don’t have much time then freezing without blanching is an option.

How do I freeze snow peas without blanching?

Always wash the snow peas then remove the tips. Place in a freezer bag or container then label with the contents and the date frozen. Freeze immediately.

Do I need to blanch snow peas before freezing?

It is always a good idea to blanch snow peas before freezing as it kills any bacteria and reduces freezer burn which means they will keep for longer in the freezer.

How long do snow peas keep in the freezer?

It is best to use blanched frozen snow peas within 6 months. The nutritional value will go down after this time. Snow peas which have not been blanched should be used within a month.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Sharp Knife – This beautiful sharp Paring Knife from Paudin has an ergonomic handle, satisfaction guarantee and is highly rated on Amazon. (Paid link)
  • Saucepan
  • Large Bowl
  • Ice
  • Slotted Spoon – Spider Strainers are also perfect for quickly removing blanched vegetables. (Paid link)
  • Freezer Container or Bag
  • Label – These Removable Freezer Labels leave no sticky residue on your freezer containers and are highly rated. (Paid link)

Instructions

How to Freeze Snow Peas by Blanching.

  1. Prepare the Snow Peas

    Wash the snow peas then remove the tips with a sharp knife. Save water by washing the pods in a bowl of water instead of under the tap.

    Washed snow peas prepared for blanching with tips cut off.

  2. Prepare for Blanching

    Bring a saucepan of water to the boil then fill a large bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes.

  3. Blanch the Pods

    Place the snow peas in the boiling water for 30 seconds.

    Removing the blanched snow peas from the boiling water with a slotted spoon.

  4. Stop the Cooking Process

    Remove the snow peas with the slotted spoon then place in the ice water to stop the cooking process.

    Blanched snow peas in a bowl of ice water.

  5. Store, Label and Freeze

    Drain the snow peas then place in a freezer bag or container. Label with the date frozen and the contents.

    Snow peas in a freezer bag with a label.

Tip

If you are not ready to freeze the snow peas when they are harvested, they will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.

Freezing food from the garden is a great way to reduce food waste and save money. Try these guides to freezing Peas, Kale or Tomatoes.

This guide to Food Preservation covers everything from canning to drying food at home. You might also like this Homesteading guide to get more out of your home and garden.

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