Friday, April 6, 2012

Garden Harvests - April 6th

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All I can say is snow peas, snow peas, and more snow peas.  I have been harvesting snow peas for about 10 days.  At first I was getting a quarter pound a day, then a half pound a day, then a quart sized pickle jar a day, and finally two quarts per day.  

I have harvested 5.21 pounds of snow peas from one 4x8 bed.  This variety is Oregon Sugar Pod II and instead of bearing over a long period of time, for me they seem to produce all within 2 weeks and then taper off.  I compared my numbers from last year and I got 6.61 lbs, but that was from three 4x8 beds and two different varieties.  I am not sure what my final numbers will be, but I am guessing around 8 lbs.  I am ready to yank them out so I can plant some stuff in their place.

Needless to say we have been eating our weight in snow peas and they are so much better fresh then frozen.  I have already put away about 9 freezer bags worth.  This year I just froze them straight from the garden, no rinsing, no blanching, nothing.  Last year I blanched them before freezing and they were so limp and soggy when cooked.  I am hoping this way they will maintain their crispness a little longer.  

My daughter also has caught the snow pea bug and will eat them.  I steam them with a little garlic salt and add a touch of spray butter before serving them to her and she gobbles them up.  I don't know if she likes the taste or the promise of a popsicle if she finishes them, but who am I to complain.  I am just glad she is eating them.

11 comments:

Crafty Cristy said...

That's a really great harvest, especially compared to last year's with more beds planted. I am glad your daughter is enjoying them, too.

GrafixMuse said...

That is quite a pea harvest! I am soaking some peas to plant this weekend. I have been thinking about you today. I am happy to see this post, but surprised it is about peas. Isn't your wife ready to give birth any time now?

city girl / country life said...

Congrats on the harvest! I'm going to try some peas next year... I have also found that most veggies seem to last better in the freezer without blanching. My father-in-law and I have very different opinions on that...lol.

Kris said...

Cristy - Thanks, I am pretty impressed with how much they have produced.

Grafix - Lol, I was wondering if anyone noticed or remembered the date. She was induced on Monday and our new little family member is here. She was 9 lb. 2 oz and took her sweet time coming, but she has been worth the wait.

City Girl - Thanks, most things I don't have a problem blanching. Corn, field peas, squash, etc. But snow peas lose all their crispness and to me that is the best part about them.

Kris said...

City Girl - FYI I tried to post a comment on your blog and got a message that I had to be a team member. Not sure if that is by design, but just thought I would let you know.

kelli said...

wow! and congrats on your new little sweet pea!=)

Jenny said...

Love that you got all those peas and your own new little sweet pea! congrats on both sides :)

Kris said...

Kelli - Thanks she is something else, but I forgot how much work a newborn is. :)

Jenny - Thanks I appreciate it, and who needs sleep right!

GrafixMuse said...

Oh Wow! Congratulations on your new baby! It's going to be a fun time.

Aran M Cockburn said...

Oh my... I am still jealous... I can finally sow my sugar snap peas next week.... we still get low temps during the day and below freezing at night but things are finally heating up around here... yaaay....

Kris said...

Aran - Good to hear from you, and I am glad you are starting to warm up in snow country.

Grafix - Yep, so far it has been an adventure!