Snow peas are delicate peas with edible pods. They have a crispy, mild flavor that goes well with other flavors in vegetable bags or hot. Peas can be cooked in a variety of ways, including steam, hot or boiling. Snow peas need to be cooked only from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, which is enough to make them tender. Snow peas are a good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron. A full cup of cooked snow peas contains just 67 calories.
Pull the strings at the seams of the snow pea pods and discard them. They are tough and not edible.
Pour 8 cups of water into the pan and bring it to a boil at high temperature.
Add 2 teaspoons of salt if you use it to cut out the peas and bring out their flavor.
Place 2 cups of pea pods in boiling water. Boil the snow pea pods for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, or until they become crispy but soft enough to chew easily.
Drain the pea pods and serve them hot or let them cool for a fresh and sweet side dish.
About the benefits of green peas in pods
Peas - a valuable food product. It has a high content of protein, fiber, important amino acids, sugars, vitamins (A, C, PP, group B and others), and also has a pleasant taste.
For the human body this culture is useful by the presence of important trace elements in it (magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, copper, iodine). When fresh peas are consumed, the level of acidity in the stomach decreases, which alleviates the symptoms of ulcers or gastritis.
Also It is considered a preventative for people with vitamin A deficiency. and a powerful antioxidant that slows down the aging process.
Peas have a large number of medicinal properties. These include:
- The ability to slow the growth of cancer cells. This is facilitated by carotene, vitamin C and fiber.
- The ability to cleanse the walls of blood vessels from bad cholesterol.
- The ability to help regulate glucose metabolism in the body.
Fresh mashed green peas used in cosmetology for the preparation of tonic and moisturizing face masks.
Freezing Green Peas in Pods
there is a simple recipe to keep pea pods fresh all winter is freezing. Sugar and snow peas are mainly used for freezing. The first has thick pods, and the second is flat.
Before freezing, the pods are washed and dried on a towel. After cut off the ends on both sides and remove the rigid longitudinal fibers.
Blanch the pods of green peas about 3 minutes. Blanch snow grade 1 minute. Then they are sharply cooled and dried with a paper towel. After that, you can lay the pods of green peas in containers and send them to freeze.
How to freeze peas
To freeze peas in the form of seeds, you first need to rinse it in pods and dry it on a towel. After you pull out the pods bright green and undamaged grains.
To prevent the peas from freezing after freezing, it is subjected to heat treatment - lower the seeds in boiling water for 3 minutes.
After blanching, the peas are cooled in ice water - for this, several ice cubes are added to it. Then the pea grains must be transferred to a colander and allowed to drain water.
Next, peas are scattered on a flat surface and frozen for several hours. This will make the freeze crumbly. After the grains are slightly frozen, they are poured into a bag for freezing and put into storage in the freezer.
Reference. Freezing blanched peas allows you to save its color and taste.
Harvesting green peas for the winter: how to dry
For drying choose not coarse peas of wax ripeness. Drying is started 5-6 hours after harvesting - so the fruits will retain their beneficial properties.
Step-by-step instructions for drying green peas at home:
- Peas are sorted out, removing unformed or damaged seeds.
- Next, about 2 minutes, the peas are blanched in and quickly cooled under running water, then this procedure is repeated and dried. So the vegetable will retain its green color and creamy consistency.
- Spread the seeds on a baking sheet with a thin layer. It must be dried in the oven in several stages: for 2-4 hours at a temperature of 40-50 degrees. Between meals, peas are kept for 3-4 hours at room temperature.
Important! Store dried peas in glass containers with a tight-fitting lid in a dark, cool place. From time to time, you need to look at him - so that there are no insects or mold.
Selection criteria and features of the preparation of green peas in pods for conservation
For conservation, choose only green peas, still soft enough. Fully ripened or overripe peas as a product for preservation are not suitable, because it will add unpleasant turbidity to the brine, and the taste of the finished product will be too starchy.
To process peas, thoroughly wash before preservation peas or pea pods.
The best recipes for canned peas
Shelf life of fresh green peas is about 2 weeks. Canned stored for up to a year. Harvesting green peas for the winter will diversify your diet and allow you to eat vitamin-rich foods all year round.
For preservation, unripe, tender, uniform grains of color are used.. Old and overripe become unsweetened and starchy. They are not suitable for workpieces. For the preparation of 3 half-liter cans with canned peas, one liter of marinade or brine will be required.
Classic canning recipe
Ingredients per 1 liter of water:
- 1 tbsp. a spoon of salt
- 1.5 tbsp. tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of citric acid.
Grains are removed from the pods, washed, and spoiled fruits are removed.. Next, peas are laid out in half-liter jars, leaving 2 cm to the edge to determine the number of grains.
Then peas are poured with cold water with salt and sugar, brought to a boil and boiled for 30 minutes. Citric acid is added 5 minutes before the end of the cooking process.
Cooked vegetable is transferred to a colander, and then put it in sterile jars (previously sterilization is carried out lasting at least 1 hour). Water is passed through cheesecloth, in which green peas were cooked, brought to a boil, poured into jars and rolled up.
Salted Peas: A Step-by-Step Recipe
Step by step recipe:
Step 1. Peas are poured with highly salted water and put the pan on the fire. For 5 l of water, 2 tablespoons of salt is enough. It is impossible to bring water to boiling: the pods will open and begin to twist.
Step 2 Pods are thrown back into a colander. After the water drains, the peas are laid out vertically in dense rows on the banks.
Attention! To fill three half-liter cans you will need: 1 liter of water, 1 tbsp. l salt, a slice of refined.
Step 3 The brine is brought to a boil.
Step 4 Banks are filled to the brim and rolled up with lids.
The peculiarity of this method is that the color of the pods changes slightly.
We preserve natural green peas with vinegar
- 1 liter of water
- 1 tbsp. l Sahara,
- 1 tbsp. l salt
- 3 tsp vinegar.
Add salt, sugar to cold water, let it boil, add vinegar. Peas peeled from pods and spoiled grains are put in a colander. Dip in boiling water for 10 minutes. Then carefully take out with a spoon and lay on sterile jars. Pour brine and cover with lids.
Preserved Pea Recipe Without Acetic Acid
- 700 g peeled peas
- 1 liter of water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 3 g of citric acid.
The process of preparing pickled peas in pods:
- Peas are sorted and washed.
- Pour it with water and bring to a boil.
- After the grain is simmered for 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the water, strain the peas.
- Sugar and salt are added to pure water. Mix well.
- Allow to boil, add citric acid. The marinade is ready.
- They sterilize the cans, lay hot grains in them.
- Pour freshly boiled marinade, cover with sterile lids.
- Roll up.
Preservation of green peas with cucumbers for the winter
- 600-800 g of cucumbers,
- 400 g of green peas,
- 500 ml of water
- 2 tbsp. tablespoons of salt
- 4 tbsp. tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tbsp. tablespoons of 9% vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic,
- ripe dill.
Green peas are washed and cooked for 10-15 minutes.
Banks are sterilized, dried and filled with greens for preservation (umbrellas and stalks of dill, horseradish leaves). Also thrown to the bottom crushed by the wide side of a kitchen knife or sliced garlic.
Cucumbers spread in a vertical row, pouring over boiled peas. Shake the jars periodically to distribute the peas evenly.
Banks are poured with boiling waterCover with clean lids and let stand for 5-6 minutes. After the water is drained and the entire process described above is repeated 3 times.
Before the third pouring, salt, sugar and vinegar are added to the water drained from the cans. Boil and return the liquid to the banks. Then they are twisted with sterile caps, turned over and wrapped so that they slowly and gradually cool.
Store pickled cucumbers with green peas should be in a dark cool place.
Pea preservation without sterilization
- 600 g of green peas,
- 1 liter of water for marinade,
- 50 g of salt
- 50 g sugar
- 1 teaspoon of citric acid.
The preparation process without sterilization is almost the same as with sterilization. Pea grains are pulled out of the pods, while removing damaged or spoiled, washed.
Next, prepare the brine, which will pickle peas. Sugar and salt are added to the water and brought to a boil.
Pour peeled and washed peas into boiling marinade. You can not mix it. As the water boils again, put on a slow fire and cook for 15-20 minutes. The readiness of peas is checked by sampling. It should be soft, but not creep into the gruel. At the end of cooking, add 1 teaspoon of citric acid to the marinade.
Peas with marinade are sent to pre-sterilized jars., while the interval to the lid should be 1.5-2 cm. Then the cans are rolled up with sterile lids and cleaned under a warm towel until they cool.
Store either in the cellar or in the refrigerator.
Tips & Tricks
To harvest green peas, choose sugar varieties, be sure to remove the old, sick, yellowed fruits.
Before canning, peas need to be cooked. You can soak overnight, then the cooking process will be less time consuming.
During cooking, it is recommended to add lemon juice or a little citric acid to maintain color.
After clogging with metal lids, turn the cans of peascover with a blanket to continue the sterilization process.
Now you know what you can do with green peas in pods. When freezing, preserving and drying, sorting is important - separate high-quality grains from spoiled ones, because this is directly related to the quality of the workpieces. If you observe this simple condition, then any recipe for preparing blanks for the winter from pea pods will not cause any special difficulties.
Peas are a tasty, healthy and nutritious product. It is used not only in cooking, but also in medicine and cosmetology.
What do you need
- 12 to 16 ounces fresh snow peas
- Salt for water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped or chopped toasted almonds, * optional
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
How to do it
Break the stem ending the snow peas and pull out the strings. Rinse well.
Fill the middle pan with about 2 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring water to a high temperature. Add snow peas and then bring the water to a boil. Boil the pea pods for 30-45 seconds. Do not overload them, otherwise they will lose their amazing crunch.
Drain the peas in a colander and wipe the pan.
Add the butter to the pan and place it over medium heat. When the oil begins to sizzle, add the drained snow peas. Sauté pea pods in oil, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add lemon and toasted almonds (if used) and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
* To chop or slice almonds, put them in a dry skillet and place the skillet over medium heat. Cook, stir and rotate frequently until the almonds are lightly browned. To roast them in the oven, place them in a single layer in fine baked goods. Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally or until they are lightly fried.
Tips and Variations
- Some other herbs and flavors that complement pea pods are mushrooms, peanuts, ginger, garlic, parsley, basil, and chervil.
- To add a little garlic flavor, peel 1 clove of garlic and cut in half. Sautéed garlic slices in oil for 1 minute. Remove garlic and discard; add snow peas to oils. Saute about 1 minute. Add lemon zest and almonds; if used, continue cooking for 1 minute. Pea season with salt and freshly frozen black pepper as desired.
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