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Save Those Pea Pods

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Pea pods

Make Good Use of Pea Pods

  • Don't throw out the pods after shelling the peas. Toss the pea pods in a pot of chicken or vegetable stock and simmer for 1 hour before removing the pods. Those pea pods will add a nice flavor to the broth, which can be the base for your next pot of soup.
  • When you cook fresh peas, add a few washed pods to the water, this will improve the flavor and will give a better green color to the peas.

Stuffed Pea Pods

For a unique appetizer, garnish cream-stuffed pea pods with a bit of cream cheese and one, two or even more individual peas...

20 pods snow peas
1 (8 ounce) container herb and garlic flavored cream cheese, softened
1 bunch spinach, rinsed, stemmed and dried

Remove string from pods and trim off the blossom end. Make a small slit on flat side of pod. Soak pods in ice water for about 1 1/2 hours. Drain and dry pods.

Put cream cheese in a pastry bag and pipe enough cheese into pods until full. Arrange pods on a platter lined with spinach or lettuce. Garnish each pod with a bit of cream cheese studded with peas.

Tip for using fresh peas

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