Dehydrating snow peas is a really easy way to start the homesteading skill of preserving. Preserving the harvest is a busy time in the homesteader’s year and comes around quickly once the growing season is off to a start and we’re already harvesting buckets full of leafy greens, snow peas, radishes and salads.
In this post, I’ll show you step by step how to dehydrate snow peas or any other peas where you can eat the pod whole such as mangetout by making healthy, delicious, spicy snow pea chips (snow pea crisps) in 6 easy steps.
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Snow pea chips are a healthy alternative to deep dried potato chips and because the pea pods are dehydrated they contain more nutrients and you are in control of what spices, seasonings and oils are added to the chips!
Harvest your snow peas and wash them thoroughly.
Remove the tops of the stalks on the peas and any tough end bits if your peas are a bit older.
Blanch the snow peas for a minute or so in boiling water then immediately strain into cold water. For faster chilling, use a mix of ice and cold water. This helps keep the color of the peas.
Strain the snow peas to shake off the water, several tea towels or paper towels to pat dry the pea pods or you can use a salad spinner to spin them dry quicker this is helpful if you have a large batch to get through.
Toss your favorite seasonings on the snow peas and thoroughly mix. Some suggestions for flavors include:
- Sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Sea salt
- Rosemary and olive oil
- Cayenne pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic and onion
Arrange the dried peas on the dehydrator tray, stack up the trays and dehydrate overnight or as recommended by your dehydrator’s manufacturer and user manual.
Package the dried snow peas in resealable bags or jars and enjoy as a snack.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can spread the pea pods on a baking sheet and bake on a low heat until the pods have crisped up. Once the pods have cooled, package them up.
Here are some of the readily available dehydrators and salad spinners to help you get started:
These dehydrated snow pea chips make an ideal snack for road trips, hikes or even in the office.
If you have any preserving tips or flavors for the pea chips please share them in the comments or the Misfit Gardening Community Forum, we would love you hear your ideas and tips!
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