Malcolm in the Middle on DVD. Eventually, crankiness took over for helpfulness and I had to send the littler ones to bed. The work continued deep into the night (this time with Monty Python and the Holy Grail playing).
Finally, about 3am, I was ready to blanch the peas. This step seals in the goodness, like vitamins and minerals, and makes them taste even better than they do fresh off the vine. I got my pot of water boiling, scooped some peas into a metal colander, and set the colander in the boiling water for 90 seconds. Meanwhile, I put some ice in a ginormous metal bowl to cool the peas quickly once they were out of water. When the timer went off, I dumped the peas in the ice and stirred them around to make sure they cooled evenly. I repeated this until all the peas were blanched. (I think I need a bigger pot!) Once all the peas were blanched and cooled, I bagged them up in dated and labeled freezer bags and set them in the freezer.
All in all, the entire day's work yielded about 8 quart bags of frozen peas. For the amount of effort that goes into those things, they are green gold! Hopefully that will last us at least a couple months. Here are some of the main ways I use the peas: