How to Store Garden Peas

Overview

Garden peas are rich in vitamin K, vitamin C and magnesium. They are a nice addition to any home garden, providing healthy vegetables for the family. While eating fresh peas is best, it is not always practical. Also, by storing peas for long term use, you can enjoy fresh garden peas all year long without worry of preservatives.

Step 1

Select peas that are firm, round and crisp. Soft, damaged or spotted peas do not taste good fresh and will therefore not taste good after storage.

Step 2

Store peas in the refrigerator. Don't wash or take them out of the pods. Simply stick the pods in a bag or container and place them in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Do not seal. Eat or use with in 5 days.

Step 3

Freeze peas for long term storage. Take the peas out of their pods and wash them. Boil for one to two minutes. Then quickly cool them in icy cold water. Drain well. Place the peas in a freezer bag and seal. Be sure to get as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Use within a year.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag or container
  • Cooking pot
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Freezer bag

References

  • Whfoods.com
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About this Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.