Q. My young son loves to garden with me, so I let him plant a plot all his own. His favourite vegetable is the snow pea, so he planted three snow pea plants. I had no idea that each plant would grow quite so many pea pods. Now we have way too many snow peas for our small family to possibly consume. My son would be devastated if he knew that I threw away the peas he has worked so hard to grow, but I really don’t know what else to do with them. We have already given some away to friends and neighbours. My husband suggested freezing them, which I think is a great idea if it will work. Can you freeze snow peas?
A. How wonderful that you are teaching your son all about where food comes from and how to grow it! Children love snow peas and they’re so easy to grow. Great choice! To answer your question, yes you can freeze snow peas. They hold up well to freezing, and it shouldn’t change their sweet flavour at all.
How do you freeze snow peas?
To freeze snow peas, you can choose to blanch or not to blanch. Blanching takes a bit more time, but helps preserve the vibrant green colour of raw snow peas. Either way, you must start with freshly picked snow peas, ideally freezing them within a few hours, or a day later at most. The longer they have been off the vine, the more nutrients they lose and the less firm they become.
Wash snow peas well in water, then dry completely. Trim off the ends and discard any that are blemished or less than fresh. You don’t want rot to spread. If you are not blanching, then skip the next step.
To blanch snow peas, fill a pot with water and place it on the stove to boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water, and keep extra on hand. When the water boils, drop in handfuls of snow peas and allow to boil for about 1 minute. Remove snow peas with a slotted spoon and place them in the bowl with the ice water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, remove and allow to dry completely. Repeat the process until all the snow peas have been blanched and dried.
For both blanched and not-blanched snow peas, flash freeze snow peas by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer until firm. Then place snow peas in freezer bags. Remove excess air and seal the bags. Then label and date them and place them in the freezer for future use.