General Pea Info
If not using immediately, refrigerate all varieties of peas as quickly as possible to lessen the amount of sugar content that will turn into starch.
Short Term Pea Storage
Shell peas don't have much of a shelf life, don't store them in their pods or shelled for very long. Store pods in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and use them within 2 to 3 days.
Unwashed edible-pod peas stored in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bags or unsealed container will keep for 2 to 3 days.
Pea Long Term Storage
Shell peas: Once they're shelled, the best way to store peas is to freeze them. First blanch them for 2 minutes in boiling water and then shock them in an ice-water bath until cool, to help maintain their bright color. Drain and freeze them in airtight plastic bags. They will keep for 5 to 6 months.
Trim the ends of edible-pod peas before blanching for 2 to 3 minutes in boiling water. Immediately shock them in an ice-water bath until cool; this helps maintain their bright color. Drain and freeze them in airtight plastic bags. They will keep for 5 to 6 months.
Pea Side Notes
There are two common varieties of peas: green garden peas (need to be shelled) and edible-pod peas (eaten whole). Of the edible pod variety, snow peas and sugar snap peas are the most common; however, there are differences in the appearances between these two non-shelled types. Snap peas have crisp, plump edible pods, and snow peas, sometimes called Chinese pea pods, are flat edible pods.
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