You've never lived until you have tasted the sweetness of green peas fresh from the vine. My kids walked around with their pockets stuffed full of these delicacies snitched from mama's garden. And here in Hickery Holler it is pea pickin time..
O Wise One does the picking and I do the shelling. He likes to start at first light to beat the heat and bugs. As he fill his dishpans he brings them in to me. The most tedious part of peas is sitting there and shelling all those things. I like to put on a little soft music and just enjoy the peace and quiet of the early morning as I rock and shell.
When the peas are shelled I wash them in cool water and they are ready to blanch.
We bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add the clean peas. Then I just turn it off and let them sit there for about 4 minutes.
Then I pour them into a colander to drain and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
You can see from the change in color that they are blanched
Then we pour them onto baking sheets and put them into the freezer to flash freeze.
After several hours they are frozen and ready to bag.
Add the desired amount of frozen peas to a bag and seal. For us we like about 2 cups in a bag.
And then store in freezer. These are ready for soups, casseroles and just to eat plain.
Blessings from The Holler
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