Sunday, January 17, 2016

How to Preserve Peas-How to Blanch and Freeze Green Peas

Now it is peas season and we find fresh peas in abundance in the market at a very low price. I usually buy it in bulk, preserve and store it for later use. The method of preserving peas at home is quite simple. Today I am going to sharing with you how to preserve peas in the freezer for a longer period of time with step wise pictures.

how to preserve peas-How to Blanch and Freeze Peas

How to Preserve Peas-How to Blanch and Freeze Peas

How to Preserve Peas

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 2 mins 
 Recipe CategoryHow to preserve- Peas
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Fresh Peas - as needed
   Ziplock Bags


Shell the peas, discard the spoiled ones. It is better to shell the peas on the same day, you buy fresh peas from the market. Wash the shelled peas well and drain the water completely.

fresh peas from the market

Bring plenty of water to boil in a big vessel/pot. When water boils vigorously, add the peas. There should be enough space for the peas to move, so do not over crowd the pot. If over crowded, some may get overcooked and some may be under cooked.

blanching peas

Blanch the peas for 1 1/2 minute. By this time, the peas will also float on the surface as seen in the picture below. 

How to Blanch and Freeze Peas

At this stage, drain the water and put the peas immediately in ice cold water to prevent further cooking.

how to preserve peas at home

Let it remain in cold water for 1-2 minutes, then drain the water again, pat it dry and spread it on a cloth to air dry.

Then you can pack it in a ziplock bag or any air tight container and store it in the freezer.

Tips - You can divide and store the peas in small individual ziplock bags as seen in the picture below. In this way, you do not have to take the whole lot from the freezer every time you require peas for cooking.

freeze peas in ziplock bags

How to thaw frozen peas

Take needed quantity of peas, wash it and use it. As it is already pre-cooked, it gets cooked faster. Alternatively, you can also bring it to room temperature and use it.

Shelf Life - If stored properly, it will last for months.

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