We love this time of the year! Everything is coming into full bloom or is ready to be harvested! The first veggies that are usually the first to be picked are the peas and squash.
Below are some steps on how to blanch peas. Video and Pictures Below
What is Blanching?
Giving the peas a quick blanching in boiling water before freezing them ensures that they will retain their bright green color and not turn into mush when you cook them.
Step 1: Pick and Shell your Peas
Step 2: Wash Peas with Water
Step 3: Fill a Pot with Water & Add a Pinch of Salt or Sugar (optional)
Salt/Sugar adds flavor and enhances color.
Step 4: Bring the Peas to a Hard Boil for 90 Seconds
**Avoid Overcrowding the Peas. This will make some peas over-cooked and under-cooked.
Step 5: Ice Water Bath
Immediately scoop out your peas and cool them in an ice water bath. The ice water will help ensure the peas don’t continue to cook from their own heat. Overcooking the peas will leave them mushy once you reheat them to serve later on. Once all the peas are cooled, drain the water well.
Step 6: Freeze
After letting the water drain from the peas, I use lunch bags to freeze mine. You can use containers also. To avoid peas from sticking to one another for individual peas, you need to lay peas on a tray and freeze them 1-2 hours before placing them in a bag or a container. This is optional once peas thaw they will come apart easily. Try to remove as much air as possible.
In the video below I am using what is called a “spider” to scoop out the peas. I was able to get this with my Kmart ShopYourWay points. You can read more about ShopYourWay HERE.