Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How to store [freeze] Fresh Green Peas

At a time when vegetables are so darn expensive,it makes sense to use and save lesser costing and in season vegetables for future use.Fresh green peas in pods come very cheap these days,perfect for freezing-better than the ready-to-use frozen packets of peas.Let me show you a simple method to freeze fresh green peas.




Ingredients needed - Fresh Peas


Peel the green peas from the pods [the only hard work involved in this process]-I used about 2 kg of peas.



Wash well and rinse in cold water.




In a big pan,add water and let it boil.




Add the green peas to the boiling water.




Boil the peas for a couple of minutes-2 minutes to be precise,by which time the peas would have risen to the top.




Strain immediately and pour cool water on top so that the cooking process would stop.


Let it cool to room temperature and then pat dry using a kitchen towel.




Store the green peas in a ziplock bag,seal and freeze[you can see steam formed inside the bag as it was still warm when I put it in,I kept the bag open for a while and when it cooled down completely,sealed the bag and froze it].




When required just take the amount of peas you would need,thaw it and use it as you would use fresh green peas.Stay tuned for some Peas dishes coming up on Easycooking!!

Update - Many of you asked why blanch the peas before freezing.I've been following this method of freezing for about 4-5 years now and every time I use the peas,it is almost as good as fresh.Also refer to this article as to why blanching is necessary before freezing vegetables.


28 comments :

  1. Hi Divya,its a superb idea of boiling them but i just store them in tupperware freezer mate.

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  2. Never thought of cooking green peas before freezing, will try next time,thanks for sharing..

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  3. I have already packed 3 kgs of matar to my freezer this season..still planning 2 do more..

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  4. That was very useful tip and quite easy too.

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  5. we almost do the same thing every year. Got 10kgs this time :) and that will be sufficient for a year.

    But we don't blanch it before freezing. we simply put them in nice plastic bags and freeze them.

    Is there any specific reason to blanch them??!!!

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  6. Cool idea! I thought we can freeze as such,this process will be very helpful!

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  7. I do this with almost all veggies except potatoes.

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  8. I'm curious too, why can't you freeze it as is fter peeling it? Is there any reason to blanch it? I freeze all the veggies that way.. chop and freeze it in ziploc..especially pumkins which are available in the US only during thanksgiving.

    Anu

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  9. very informative post thanks for sharing.

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  10. thats really an useful tip.waiting for yummy mutter recipes

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  11. That's a cool tip & thanks for sharing

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  12. Very informative and clear instructions. Thanks.

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  13. Very informative and clear instructions. Thanks.

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  14. Nicely documented. In the US, we take frozen peas for granted. Its readily available and also real cheap. But buying veggies in bulk here and freezing is also quite common. I have a friend that grinds green chillies and freezes them in ice cube containers - so every time she's cooking, she just pops one out!

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  15. even i got a kg and stored it on my freezer on my tupperware. if i have seen this post before would have done your way. am waiting to see more peas here..

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  16. it is excellent presentation ,kindly let me know the life of freezed pea
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  17. I love posts and tips like this dear. Useful one. Wishing u and family a happy New year.

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  18. Hi Divya!Thanks for giving such a useful tip of storing veggies for off season.Last year i just stored peas & fenugreek leaves in ordinary polypack and kept in the freezer. The result was ice in the whole pack with fenugreek leaves all spoiled.As far as peas are concerned you have suggested blanching,can this method be used for Mushrooms too? Secondly, how to store fenugreek leaves without getting them discoloured?I am having Tupperware containers of 1/2 Kg.Kindly let me know how to store fenugreek leaves,carrots,mushrooms etc. in these containers.Thanks.












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  19. hi divya, very thanks 2 guide about freezing procedure. i m vinodkumjar chavan i m farmer from sangli(maharashtra). i m want 2 freez/store soyabeen,beans ghewda from our own farm . can i follow greenpeas freez procedure 2 those item? how many long period it's frozen life ,in wich temperature we store it? please guide my no.9890301858. add:- vinodkumarchavan.7@gmail.com

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  20. Thank you for this. My peas are just about Tracy, by this weekend for sure. Since I'm a first time gardener, this is very helpful. Thanks so much :)

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  21. Hi thank you for sharing ...my daughter would be happy to have peas even in summer. .swati

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Divya.

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