Peas in edible pods
Is it Ok to just wash fresh peas in edible pods and freeze them or should they be blanched? Thanks, Doug
Fairbanks North Star Borough Alaska food safety
Blanching vegetables leads to longer, high quality storage in the freezer, including higher nutrient content. The following instructions are from So Easy to Preserve.
Edible Pod Peas
(Sugar, Chinese, Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas)
Preparation – Select bright green, flat, tender pods. Wash. Remove stems, blossom ends and any strings. Leave whole. Water blanch 11/2 minutes for small pods; 2 minutes for large pods. (NOTE: If the peas have started to develop, follow the directions for green beans. If the peas are already developed, shell and follow the directions for green peas.) Cool, drain and package, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.
This document was extracted from "So Easy to Preserve", 6th ed. 2014. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.