Freezing peas from the garden

Eating fresh peas from your own garden is one of life's great pleasures.  In fact, eating peas out of my parent's garden as a kid was one of the main reasons I wanted to start my own garden.  Hopefully my kids will remember the same thing.  They definitely ate enough peas this year to give them plenty of opportunities!

Although my family probably ate their weight in fresh peas this spring, we could not keep up with production.  As many of you know, I am not a big fan of wasting anything so I decided to freeze some peas to see how they turned out.

I figured that my frozen peas only had to beat out the tasteless flash-frozen peas from the store.  Needless to say, I felt pretty confident going into the project.  So how did they turn out?  Freezing peas from the garden without a doubt beat the flash frozen peas from the store.  However, freezing peas is a little time consuming.  What else do you have to do though?

I am not going to bore you with the details of how I froze peas but I will share with you some stats from my pea freezing experiment.  I started with appx 300- 400 peas which took me about 45 minutes to shuck and my yield was around 2 quarts.  This was enough peas to feed a family of four three different times.  Not that bad!

If you have an overabundance of peas this year, try freezing some.  You will be glad you did!

Picking the peas.

Before shucking.

That is a lot of peas!

I recruited a helper.

The finished product.

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