Its finally my favorite part of the summer.
When the garden produce is in full swing, meaning slowly and surely every day I am refilling our canning shelves and produce freezer with homegrown produce to feed my family.
To be quite honest, I have a love hate relationship with gardening. I love having all of the fresh produce and then preserving it for later… but I’m not a huge fan of weeding… AT ALL
Don’t have a garden? Maybe you love your local farmer’s market,, Bountiful Baskets or CSA (Customer Supported Agricultural Program)??
Reguardless of where you get your peas from, I will be sharing how my easy method of saving your fresh peas, for later use. We go back and forth between which method of presercation is our favorite for preserving produce either freezing or canning for a wide variety of different produce.
With Peas, we hands down prefer freezing. We love freezing them because: it is easy, you can do it with both large and small batches of peas, we prefer the taste of frozen (then cooked) peas over canned (then cooked peas.
What you will need
Pot (use an appropriately sized pot to fit your batch of peas)
water to boil in pot
Gather, wash, and string your peas.
Fill a large pot (or anysize pot will work) with water, and begin bringing the pot of water to a vigorous boil.
When the water is at a vigorous boil, place all or portion of the peas in the boiling water (depending on how many peas you are wanting to preserve, and how large your pot is).
Let your peas cook in the rapid boil for 4 minutes, while the peas are boiling begin running cool water through your strainer so the water is very cold at the end of the 4 minutes.
Empty the peas& boiling water into the strainer in the sink and running the cold water over it bringing the temperature of the peas back where they are comfortable to the touch.
Scoop your peas into a freezer bag, I typically will place 2 cups of peas into every bag. Label bag. Place in freezer and enjoy later.
Thats it! All done 🙂