Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Putting Peas in Freezer

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. 
This is my second pot to heat to a boil, a rolling boil.  Then I put my peas in.

I reheat to a rolling boil and boil three minutes.

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.
We still have twenty four packs from two years back.  Carrel is reading while I do all of this.  He did put the ice over the pot.  Make sure you put a lid on your pot to keep the ice from getting into it.  Do not use aluminum to put up your peas.  You should not cook with it at all.

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.

This is my french door, I have two in the back of my sewing and computer room.  I have been asking Carrel to put bird seed in this little feeder.  Joe and Cassondra gave me this for Christmas the first year I was here 2006.  I ask Carrel if he put some on the ground also.  He said that the squirrel must have kicked some out.  May be taking care of a mate.


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. 



  1. The whole pea prep was new to me. I learned a lot. Enjoy those future meals!

  2. Thank you for reading my blog. I also cook any greens I get fresh, before freezing. I have never tried cabbage. Have a good day ,hope your garden is doing well, I know you have a water shortage. We have had a dry summer but not as dry as last year. Just about the time we get all the beds watered it comes a nice rain. That is good because damp ground will hold water better.