A friend, Joann. called and said our peas were ready. So I gave Carrel twenty dollars and sent him after them. I buy anything extra. That means Wal-Mart does not sell it. I wash them in two different waters. These all shelled, and fairly clean. He washes them before he puts them in the sheller.
While those peas are heating I am cooling the first pot of peas. I cool water and all and pack them in the water. They will last this way for years. This also keeps from loosing your vitamins. If you boil the peas in water and pour out the water you pour out about half your vitamins.
After I make sure they are cool, I put them in freezer bags. For Carrel and I, two cups of peas and two cups of the water they were boiled in, into a quart bag. This is plenty for one meal for us. I do my best to get all the air bobbles out. We layer wax paper between each layer of filled bags to prevent them from freezing together. He is now up and carrying these to the freezer. Carrel has placed the ice over the other pot. I do not empty the ice water out the other pot of peas were in, this helps to cool them faster.
I fill the other bags. Carrel is suppose to get the air bubbles out, but oh well. You already know after reading my gardening blog, he does not always listen to me. This is the beauty of packing them in water. The water protects them. I tried to tell him, but I do not make a fuss anymore. Carrel is one stubborn man. The last of the peas are on their way to the big freezer. We have sixteen more bags. Carrel put the older peas in the refrigerator in side his house.
Did you really think I would forget to put flowers on this Blog page. I went out and took this picture fresh, for this page.
I hope you enjoyed and maybe learned something from this page. Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom, and hope you will grow one of your own. Happy gardening to you from Carrel and I, Juanita.