Harvesting Peas – Freezing For Later

The other day I picked more than 2 1/2 pounds of fresh pea pods.

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Actually I was supposed to be picking pea pods and snow peas, but all of my snow peas which are supposed to be puffy, were flat as well, so I picked them right along with the pods.

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It’s possible the seeds got mixed up, because when I checked online as to why they would be flat and very large, there was no explanation.

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My conclusion was then that either the seed packet was mismarked or I planted the wrong seeds. Chances are I screwed up, but in any case, the pods are sweet and tasty and now frozen for use later in the year when the garden shrivels and dies.

I had never frozen pea pods before, but it was very easy and pretty quick.

First, start with your freshly picked pea pods.

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Next trim off the ends and pull of any stringy seams. While working, set a large stock pot full of water on the stove and bring to boil.DSCF9656

Once prepared, drop the pea pods in batches into the boiling water and boil covered for two minutes.

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Immediately remove from boiling water and immerse in bowl full of cold water and ice for 3 minutes.

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Spread pods out on paper towels to dry.

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Then all you have to do is pack them in freezer bags or bowls, label, and freeze.

I have three quart size bags full of pods in the freezer and can’t wait to pull them out come winter. For now I’m enjoying eating more fresh pods daily. We’ve had three meals with fresh pods, using at least another pound. Can’t wait to see how many pounds the garden ends up yielding.

Even if I didn’t get the snow peas I was hoping for, I will take the pea pods any day of the week. They can be added to any dish I would have used the snow peas in, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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Peas A Poppin’

It has taken over three weeks, but finally when I went out to the pea garden today, I found signs of life!

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I cannot believe how long it took these babies to start popping up, but am keeping my fingers crossed they continue to do so.  Only a few in each row have broken through so far, which would probably only produce enough for a meal or two.  I’m hoping to be able to freeze peas for the coming winter.

The garden has three types of peas:

Sugar Pods

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Snow Peas

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And Early Peas.

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The early peas are the only ones I’m not sure if it’s a pea plant or a weed, because it looks different from the other two.  Time will tell.

It is such a relief that there is some visible proof that just maybe we’ll get some peas this year.  I was beginning to wonder if the pea seeds I used were duds. Still, I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.  They have a long way to go before they’ll actually have any peas for picking.  For now, I’m just thrilled that they’re a poppin’, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.