Freezing Snow Peas (Sugar, Chinese, or Sugar Snap Peas)

July 22, 2006
Snow Peas

Selecting High-Quality Snow Peas:

Select tender, flat pods that are bright green in color.

Preparing for Freezing:

Wash. Remove stems, trim off blossom ends and remove any strings. Leave pea pods whole. Cool, drain and package, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Seal and freeze. If the peas have already started to develop, prepare them for freezing like green beans. If the peas have already fully developed, shell them as green peas.

Blanching Time:

Water-blanch small pods for 1 1/2 minutes and large pods for 2 minutes. Cool promptly and drain.

Best Freezing Method (s):

Tray Packs:

Lay drained, blanched snow peas in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Using this method makes it easiest to separate the peas when thawing. When fully frozen, portion peas into suitable containers and return them to the freezer. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

Dry Packs:

Blanch snow peas for the recommended time according to size. Cool immediately and drain well. Transfer peas directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing snow peas includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

10 to 12 months at 0ºF.


To thaw snow peas, place them in a strainer or colander and run them under cold water.

Tips & Shortcuts:

Snow peas make a great addition to tossed salads. Chop them up and add them while they are still frozen.

Refrigerating Snow Peas:

Store fresh snow peas for 3 to 4 days.
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June 27, 2013

In boiling water, the cooking times for sugar peas and snow peas are respectively 2 minutes, and 1-1/2 minutes. The blanching times given in many of the lists I found on-line, are 2-3 minutes. Does not that mean that your blanched sugar and snow peas are already fully cooked, or even overcooked?

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January 7, 2012

How do I store snow peas for stir fry in my freezer?

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

I put some in the freezer this year but have not eaten them yet. I think I just washed them and blanched them for about a minute, cooled in ice water and bagged.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

I blanched them for a nano second, then ice water, then bagged for freezer. Couldn't use them. Too soft and tasteless. What to do?

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August 17, 2014

How do I freeze edible but matured snap or Chinese pea pods? They have full pods.

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July 20, 20190 found this helpful

Well, the Chinese pea pods are definitely past it. Sugar snap peas are at their sweetest just when they get full, so taste them to see if they are still sweet, and then follow the directions above.


You can always let them continue to mature and use then for next years seed.

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