It's getting pretty hot here in Texas and on the Backyard Homestead.  We had some wonderful rains for spring but as Summer came around the corner the typical dry heat of Texas came with it.  While the temps were mild and the rain was good our peas were doing marvelous.  I was picking bags of peas every day.  Each year as the harvest comes in I decide if I want to dehydrate, can or freeze each product.  The weather decided the process I would use for me this year as it was so humid dehydrating wasn't really an option.  While there seemed a lot of peas when I finished shelling them I quickly determined that this would be a freezing day.  And so it was that I proceeded to prepare the peas for freezer storage.  If you have freezer space freezing peas is a fast and simple way to preserve your peas for later use.

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Here's what you need for freezings peas:

  • peas - Lots of peas.....
  • pot big enough for the amount of peas you have and water.
  • A steamer basket if you have one.
  • compost or feed bucket for pea shells
  • Ice
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • sheet pans (baking sheets)
  • Freezer bags or foodsaver bags

That's pretty much all you need so let's get started. 

Step 1: Shell all The peas and rinse them with cold water.

 

Step 2: Put the water in your pot and bring it to a boil.

 

Step 3: If you are using a steamer basket - steam for two minutes  or just until the peas turn a brighter green then they are. 

 

Step 4:  If you don't have a steamer basket just drop the peas into the boiling water for 1 minute and quickly drain then put ice on the peas to stop the cooking and retain the bright color.

 

Step 5:  Once peas are drained and cooled cover the sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the peas on the sheet pan in a single layer.

Step 6: Place peas - tray and all into the freezer uncovered and leave until they are firm but not long enough to let them get completely frozen.

Note - flat freezing the peas first will allow you to store them without all the excess moisture and water which will cause the peas to freeze in a lump of ice.  This way you get nice individual peas. 

 

Step 6:  Once the are firm quickly scoop them into freezer bags and get as much air as possible out.

Step 7:  I store them in foodsaver bags with the air removed in portion sizes we would use for a single meal.

Now with a quick steam or microwave your peas will be ready for a meal at anytime.  They retain their color and taste so much better this way along with their nutrients. 

These pease are great for fresh summer salads........Yum!

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