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.
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.
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.
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)
- Large Bowl
- 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)
How to Freeze Snow Peas by Blanching.
- 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.
- Prepare for Blanching
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil then fill a large bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes.
- Blanch the Pods
Place the snow peas in the boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Stop the Cooking Process
Remove the snow peas with the slotted spoon then place in the ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Store, Label and Freeze
Drain the snow peas then place in a freezer bag or container. Label with the date frozen and the contents.
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.
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