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My garden grew, now what do I do?
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country_mom    Posted 05-17-2003 at 20:39:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I planted my first vegetable garden this year, and I picked the first veggies today. I picked hand full of sugar snap peas. Now, I've never had sugar snap peas before (that I know of), and I don't know what to do with them now. Hopefully, soon I'll be picking green beans, pinto beans, and several other things too. I've heard about blanching. Do I need to blanch these, and how do I do it? How long can I let the fresh peas sit out before blanching/freezing them (in order to have enough to work with at once)? Any other advice? Thanks!

Salmoneye    Posted 05-18-2003 at 03:45:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stir fry the snap peas fast and hot in olive oil...Let cool and freeze...Instant snap peas for any recipe from stews to stir fries...

Carol    Posted 05-17-2003 at 22:50:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi. I grew sugar snap peas in south Dakota and we only blanched them for about 5 minutes, then put them in ice water, then bagged them in freezer bags to put up until whenever..they dont last long enough to put a time limit on..Good luck..I wish i could grow them here now!!

DL    Posted 05-17-2003 at 22:17:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The best way to cook sugar snap peas is to boil a pot of water. Then throw the snap peas in the boiled water. Wait until the water boil again. Remove the peas from the water. Now it depends on your taste. For me a little red wine vineger and a sprinkle of salt is enough.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-17-2003 at 21:12:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congratulations! I'm gonna try a raised bed this year too. Anything you can't eat raw, zip into a baggie in the freexer til you have enough to cook up. And don't sweat the details - you know how they get the fast-food refried beans? The factory harvests them, dries them and they get ground to powder. That way they're not shipping water & it only takes 15 minutes in a pressure cooker to finish them. If you have peas, you should have radishes too by now - mom used to scatter radish seeds along with other seeds to mark the rows, they'd be done & gone by the time the rest sprouted. :)

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