Blanching the Peas Working in small batches, drop the beans into a large pot of boiling water for two minutes. Scoop them out with a colander or slotted spoon and immerse them in ice water immediately to stop the cooking process. How to Shell Fresh Black-Eyed Peas and Field Peas Rinse the pods and compost or toss any that are mushy. Set out a bowl or colander to catch your bounty. Pick up a pod and squeeze it so that the side seam opens. Pull the pod apart and let the peas drop into your waiting container. Cook over high heat until it reaches a rolling boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer the black eyed peas 60-90 minutes, or until beans are softened to your liking. Store dry black-eyed peas in an airtight container and keep them in a cool, dry place. For best taste, use them within 1 year of receiving them. Cooked peas can be frozen or refrigerated. Freeze cooked black-eyed peas in a shallow (no more than 3 inches deep) airtight container and use within 6 months.
If, however, you find yourself with a bountiful harvest of fresh peas and no time to blanch, you can freeze fresh peas without blanching them first. You should use unblanched frozen peas within four to six weeks of freezing; they lose color, flavor and nutrition the longer they are stored. Shell the peas.
Blanching helps vegetables keep their vibrant colors and retain nutrients, and stops the enzymes that would otherwise lead to spoilage. Freezing vegetables without blanching them first results in faded or dulled coloring, as well as off flavors and textures.
Bring the water to a boil, then cover the pot. The steam that rises will gently cook the peas. We recommend steaming for 2-4 minutes, testing occasionally. When the peas are tender, they're ready.
3 to 5 days
peas requires a brief heat treatment, called blanching, in boiling water or steam, to destroy the enzymes before freezing. Blanching times for peas is 1 and a half minutes (90 seconds) - the duration is just long enough to stop the action of the enzymes and kill the bacteria.
Legumes with thinner coatings, such as lentils or split peas, will soften faster than those with thicker membranes. The warmer the water, the faster the bean absorbs it. Some beans refuse to soften. You can soak them overnight and then simmer them all day long, and they're still hard as pebbles.
They can be stored in small containers or in zip-lock bags. Zip-lock bags will save space. Green peas will freeze in 4-5 hours. They take approximately 20 minutes to de-frost.
Boil (2-3 minutes - use the minimum amount of water needed, and don't add salt, as they'll toughen up. A pinch of sugar will bring out their sweetness). Steam (1-2 minutes).
While hock is cooling, partially mash the peas. I like to use my hand blender, but have also used a plain ole potato masher. However you do it, this helps to thicken the liquid. Continue to simmer the peas, uncovered, to reduce the liquid by half for a thick but still soupy consistency.
Black-eyed peas are highly nutritious and associated with many impressive health benefits. In particular, they may help support weight loss, improve heart health, and promote digestive health. They're also versatile, delicious, and easy to incorporate into a number of recipes as part of a healthy diet.
serve with canned allens seasoned collard greens and corn muffins. Black-eyed peas, chickpeas, or anything else in the bean family can replace meat in a meal. So, serve with veggies, and potatoes or rice. Curry sauces and tomato sauces would go well with them.
Like most beans, black eyed peas have that familiar starchy, beany taste, though they're also pretty earthy. Even though they're called peas, black eyed peas aren't sweet like green peas. They're savory, even a touch nutty. However, the the earthiness is the flavor that comes through the strongest.
In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John (a traditional soul food) on New Year's Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year. Stories say peas and salted pork were said to have been left untouched, because of the belief that they were animal food unfit for human consumption.
Soaking is not essential for black-eyed peas, but cooking time can be shortened if they get a quick soak in hot water (as opposed to a longer one in cold water, like other beans). Place dried peas in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes.