This year I planted peas, not so much because I like eating them myself, but rather because I wanted to make my own baby food for our new daughter that we're expecting this summer. So, I am freezing as much of this year's harvest as possible. Here's how I did it.
I collected about half a pound of pea pods over the past few days and I have been storing them in the refrigerator. I think that some of these may have been harvested a day or two early, but I am still getting a sense of when pea pods are actually ready for picking. Anyway, I rinsed them off first and discarded any of the really funky-looking pods.
First thing to do was to pull the string off the pod, starting at the end opposite of the calyx (where the flower originally was located).
Next, I found that it was easiest to score the pod with a knife before opening it. Sometimes, I found this was not necessary. But again, this may have something to do with how ripe the pods were.
Once the pod is open, I just nudged the peas out with my thumb.
I briefly blanched the peas in boiling water for about a minute and then strained and dried the peas on a dish towel.
Once the peas were dry, I popped them into a ziplock freezer bag and into the freezer. So far, I only have about a cup of shelled peas from all the pods that I've harvested. I'm not sure that I'll be able to make that much baby food this season, but she's gonna eat every bit of it!