How to freeze fresh peas

How to preserve fresh green Peas

How to preserve fresh green peas??? Around 10 years back during the winter season this question used to pop up in my mind. The winter season brings the best quality fresh peas crop. I used to shell out peas, fill them in zip lock bags and keep the bags in the freezer – that’s it! But later while using these peas, I missed the fresh flavour, and peas always felt hard if using them in dry vegetables. I always had to boil them before using and this was annoying. Then what is the right method of preserving fresh peas???

One day I was chatting with one of my aunts over the phone and while discussing regular stuff we came over the topic of how peas are preserved in different ways. I immediately told my dissatisfaction with the result of frozen peas. Then she told me her method and since then I follow that and try to stuff my freezer section with peas as much as possible!

How to preserve/freeze fresh green peas

If your family loves peas in different dishes, then you should definitely try this method to preserve peas for those months of the year when you don’t get them fresh in the market. Include your children and husband for shelling out peas while they are watching TV. If you do this each Sunday also you can get enough quantity in the whole winter season!

How to preserve fresh green peas

You need fresh peas, a colander/sieve, a big pot for boiling water, another pot of iced water and zip lock bags in small, medium and big sizes.

Process:

Shell out peas and wash them in a strainer.

Boil water in a big size pot. Let the water boil till the boiling bubbles appear in the water. Switch off the heat. Immediately add peas in hot water and cover the pot. Let the peas remain there for exactly 3 minutes.

After three minutes, strain peas in a sieve and immediately transfer them into an iced water pot. Let them stay there till peas become cold. Later, drain out the water in a strainer and spread peas on a clean kitchen towel till the excess water dries out.

How to preserve fresh green peas

Fill peas in ziplock bags. Don’t overstuff peas in the bags and stick stickers with the date of the preserve. Keep them in the freezer until further use.

How to preserve /freeze fresh green peas

You can try Aalu ki tikiya(potato patties stuffed with spicy peas)Β recipe from the blog. It is very popular street snack of India and if peas are in the freezer then our work is very easy to prepare them!

 

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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

72 thoughts on “How to preserve fresh green Peas

    1. You are always welcome Radhika 😊
      Some prefer to boil them, but there is always a risk of over boiling and no one likes mushy peas. So I preferred this method better and safe☺️

  1. I love the flavor of fresh peas! Back home spring for us means also fresh peas ☺️ unfortunately nowadays I don’t have anymore access to a garden with fresh peas to store for winter time but I’m sure this method always does it’s magic β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‹

    1. I so much wish if you could get them fresh ☺️I also love fresh peas a lot. The moment I see them in the market, so many dishes start popping up in my head πŸ˜‚

  2. Mmm I love peas! The photos here have made my mouth water. They look so fresh and greeeeeeen. I’ve got to admit though I’ve only ever bought them frozen. This is such a good idea, to get them fresh and preserve them yourself. Fab guide on how to do it!

    Caz xx

    1. Caz, thank you very much for your lovely appreciation.😊 Fresh vegetables are always attractive, isn’t it!!! And only by blanching if we can retain them fresh for the rest of the year, it is a lot cost effective ☺️

    1. Boiling is also an option HS, but there is a risk of over boiling if we are multi tasking in the kitchen. And sometimes we have a mix of hard and soft peas. Soft peas gets over boiled and over boiled peas are not tasty so I chose this risk free method☺️

  3. That is very interesting Deeksha, so when you do it this way, you don’t have to boil them before use? That sounds great. I used deep frozen ones for the tikiya, because here we get fresh peas only in spring. But I had to boil those. I will try this when the season comes. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Thank you very much Stella 😊. If I get have soft peas then I never have to worry about boiling them for adding in vegetables. For tikiya, we need boiled peas only otherwise can’t mash them and while shallow frying tikiya, peas cannot be cooked.
      Spring season will bring lots of beautiful flowers also!!! 😊

    1. You are always welcome Kamal πŸ™‚
      Peas are really cheap these days. Sometimes I feel if I could shell out lots and lots. Then hubby dear reminds that next year also peas crop will be in the market πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    1. Thank you very much Lynette 😊
      We also call it blanching but never tried for cauliflower. Cauliflower is also a lot in the market nowadays. I will try them also ☺️

  4. This is a very good way of preserving them. Because there is always doubt about the purity of frozen peas found in the market. But it is an easy and simple way to preserve them. This very useful and good post ma’am πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸŒ»πŸŽ†πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸŒ·

  5. This is called blanching and it is used extensively in preparation for freezing fresh vegetables. Love the flavour of frozen peas in the middle of winter.

    1. In India the concept of frozen vegetables is not very popular. We are satisfied only by buying fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. But somehow frozen peas became very popular. Probably because peas are kid’s favorite. And now during winter when fresh peas are abundant in the market, people store them for whole year.
      Eva, do you freeze any fruits or veggies?

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  7. Hi there Deeksha! It has been along time since we talked…. I just got done with my finals and I was starting a tiny thing…. it would be amazing if you check out this post: http://thecookingjournal.food.blog/2021/03/13/i-have-a-tiny-announcement-to-make/
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      1. No problem at all! It is just a tiny thing I started and it just has some extra stuff apart from my posts. I send it via email and it would have some of my experiences in the kitchen and things I learnt and all that! Let me know by contacting me through email or comment, if you change your mind πŸ™‚

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