Are you growing peas in your garden? If not, can you pick some up from a local farm or farmers market? How do we enjoy yummy garden peas all year long? That’s Easy Peasy!!!
If you have peas in your garden (that you planted on St Patty’s Day), it may be about time to pick them. When they are thick and firm, like a finger, that’s when they need to be harvested. Your crop needs to be harvested every 2-3 days for about two weeks. That’s it! You’re done. But remember to plant more in the fall, allowing 10-12 weeks growing time before your first frost. If frost comes early, don’t worry, the peas usually don’t mind. (Our first frost is Nov 15, so we plant fall peas by mid-August.)
Now that you have your peas picked, storing them is super-simple.
Shell them and rinse them.
Drop them in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. You don’t want to cook them, just get them hot enough to stop the enzymes from ripening them further.
At the 2 minute mark, drain and submerge them in ice water to stop the cooking process.
Lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer.
When frozen after a couple hours, transfer them into a ziploc freezer bag. You will have yummy garden peas all year, and there is NOTHING like enjoying fresh-tasting food in the winter.