Bye Bye Birds Eye

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Have I mentioned that my CSA is awesome? Not only do I have the privilege of picking up a basket of thoughtfully grown and selected organic veggies every week, but June and Jim Wolfe also invite you to their house for workshops on preserving, pickling and conserving. Awesome!

June hosted a workshop on freezing fresh peas last night. We ran through the whole arc in about an hour. We started in the field picking peas, moved to the porch to shell the peas, and then on to the conservation part. I dragged my good friend Peggy Carrington with me and we had a great time chit chatting on the porch with other members of the CSA and June’s family. Did you know you can make a potable alcoholic beverage out of pea pods?

Back to freezing peas. Surprisingly easy and no special equipment requires. Here’s what you need to get started:
Fresh peas
Pot of Boiling water
Wire mesh colander
Tongs
Bowl of cold water
Ziplock freezer bags
Measuring cup

Once you have shelled the peas, measure 1 or 2 cups of peas and place in mesh colander (quantity is up to you). Immerse colander in boiling water for 1 minute. Use tongs to remove colander and then place in cold water bath for 1 minute. Remove from water, shake off excess water and place peas in ziplock bag. Remove air from bag and seal. Write date and quantity on exterior of bag and your peas are ready for the freezer. Repeat until all peas are bagged and freezer ready.
Use as you would store-bought frozen peas

Bye bye Birds Eye

8 thoughts on “Bye Bye Birds Eye

      • Thanks Debra! Click on the link I posted in the comment. At the bottom of my post there is a blue frog looking icon that says, click to add/view link. Once you click on that it will take you to the page with everyone’s link. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the button that reads, add your link…Once you click on that it will ask for the URL of the post you want to add, the name of your post as well as your email. Please let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  1. Shucking peas brings back great memories from my childhood. My mom had quite a garden – corn, lettuce, asparagus, beans, tomatoes, rhubarb, etc – and peas. We kids would sit on the picnic table and shuck them – we even made up a song to sing while doing it! great fun and always good food!

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