What are sugar snap peas and what are they used for?
Sugar snap peas are pea pods that have been harvested unripe. That means: The peas are not yet ripe, so there are tiny peas in the flat pods. As the French term “Mange-tout” (“eat everything”) suggests, snow peas can be eaten whole. The terms snow peas and sugar peas refer to the same vegetable.
Snow peas taste good when cooked for a short time, for example in fresh pan dishes, but can also be consumed raw, for example as a crunchy, sweet ingredient in salads.
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Prepare the sugar snap peas
Before further processing or freezing, the sugar snap peas must be cleaned:
- Wash the pods thoroughly and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
- Cut off both ends of the sugar snap peas: the base of the flower and the stem.
- Some varieties have a solid thread running to the side. If necessary, pull it off.
- If desired, you can cut the snow peas in halves or thirds before freezing to get the right size for later processing.
Blanch and freeze snow peas
In order to keep the nice green color and the crunchy consistency of the snow peas, you should blanch them before freezing them. This is also how the sweetness of the pods comes into its own.
- Bring heavily salted water to a boil.
- Let the snow peas boil in it for three minutes.
- Strain the pods and soak them in ice water for a moment. This way they stop cooking and retain their color.
- Fill the completely cooled and dried snow peas into freezer bags or freezer-safe boxes with lids.
- Close the containers carefully, label them with the freezing date and place them in the *** freezer compartment at -18 ° C.
Thaw and process frozen sugar snap peas
If you want to use the pods for a cold dish, simply take the freezer out of the freezer the night before and put it in the fridge, unopened. This allows the sugar snap peas to thaw slowly and gently without harmful germs multiplying on them.
If you want to use the snow peas heated, process them frozen: Simply put the snow peas in the saucepan or hot pan. After a few minutes they are heated up and cook with the rest of the dish.
You should use frozen sugar snap peas after a year at the latest, as otherwise they will lose their appetizing consistency and taste over time.