Snap Peas

Snap peas, also known as sugar snap peas, are a delightful legume belonging to the Pisum sativum species within the Fabaceae family. Originating in Europe and known for their vibrant green color, snap peas offer a satisfying crunch and a slightly sweet flavor that can be enjoyed fresh or cooked. Favored by home cooks and chefs alike, snap peas are a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into various dishes. Due to their edible pod, they require minimal preparation and lend themselves well to dishes like stir-fries, salads, or simply eaten raw as a healthy and delicious snack.
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Snap Peas FAQ
When cooking with snap peas, common questions generally revolve around how to prepare and cook them, and what dishes they can be incorporated into. Snap peas are unique in that they can be eaten raw or cooked, pod and all. People often go wrong by overcooking them, which can lead to a mushy texture and diminished nutritional value. To get the most out of snap peas, it's best to cook them briefly, such as in stir-frying or blanching, to retain their natural crispness and sweetness. Little known tips and tricks for snap peas include: Snapping off the stem end and 'de-stringing' the pea down its spine for a smoother experience when eating raw. When stir-frying snap peas, adding them towards the end of cooking time can maintain their vibrant green colour and crisp texture. Another trick published by professional chefs is to soak snap peas in ice water after blanching. This not only cools them rapidly, reducing the risk of overcooking, but also helps to maintain their bright colour.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does snap peas expire?
Snap peas are pretty hearty and will stay fresh anywhere from 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator depending on their freshness at purchase. If they're left at room temperature, they'll go bad more quickly, usually in just a few days. Remember, always store snap peas unwashed until you're ready to eat or cook them. If you want to extend their life even further, you can blanch and freeze snap peas which makes them last up to 1 year in the freezer.
How do you tell if snap peas is bad?
To check if snap peas have gone bad, you can look for changes in color, smell, or texture. Fresh snap peas are vibrant green and perfectly crisp. If they become yellowish, slimy or soft, or carry an off smell, it's time to toss them out. Additionally, mold or dark spots are an immediate sign that your peas are no longer good to consume.
Tips for storing snap peas to extend shelf life
• Keep snap peas in a paper or plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. The bag will help retain moisture and keep them crisp, while the crisper drawer provides the cool, humid environment they crave. Don't tie the bag too tight – they need some airflow to stay fresh. • Avoid washing snap peas until you're ready to eat or cook with them. Extra moisture can accelerate decay. • If you want to freeze snap peas, first blanch them by quickly boiling and then immediately cooling in ice water. This process helps to preserve their color, flavor and nutritional value. Once blanched, dry them thoroughly and then store in an airtight container or freezer bag. • When you're ready to use your frozen snap peas, just add them directly into your dish – there's no need to thaw them first. If you want to enjoy them raw, simply rinse under cool water to quickly defrost.
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