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Subbing Frozen for Fresh

ArikaDawn May 6, 2008 11:14 AM

I am making an Indian Vegetable Curry for dinner and Naan. The recipe calls for fresh peas, but I do not have acces to those right now. Will frozen work? Will they be too mushy? Do I need to thaw them? I know this may seem like a silly question, but I don't know that I've ever used frozen peas before.

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    kalidaemon May 7, 2008 02:02 PM

    I use frozen peas all the time for Mater Panir. Make sure to defrost in the microwave before cooking and drain off excess liquid to avoid sogginess.

    1. ArikaDawn May 6, 2008 11:33 AM

      Thanks! Off to the store...

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      1. re: ArikaDawn
        alkapal May 7, 2008 03:33 AM

        yep, i use them a lot.

        fyi, for those with a store nearby, trader joe's organic peas are tasty like real fresh peas!

        1. re: alkapal
          roxlet May 7, 2008 09:32 AM

          Unless you have access to garden-fresh peas, frozen are likely to be better! They were most likely frozen right when they were picked, and didn't get trucked from some distant location...

      2. jfood May 6, 2008 11:27 AM


        jfood uses frozen peas in lots of dishes. And if you have a good selection in the grocer you can get some really nice sweet peas that are great.

        BTW - no need to defrost, just bang the package on the counter to individualize them.

        M&M jfood drove through your state this past week on the way home from JazzFest. Still drying out like you and hubby are.

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          MMRuth May 6, 2008 11:29 AM

          I often use frozen peas - used some lovely baby ones this weekend. To the OP: As chowser wrote, just make sure not to overcook - I taste frequently while cooking them.

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            ArikaDawn May 7, 2008 04:42 AM

            The frozen peas worked brilliantly. I just stirred them in with the yogurt at the very end. There was enough heat to thaw them completely and warm them, but they retained a nice pop. They were lovely. I feel like I've discovered a new food, haha. It's funny how sometimes such basic veg's can be overlooked. Anyhow, it was a very successful Indian meal, both in that I now have another veg. to work with and I can make yeast free naan at home in no time.

        2. chowser May 6, 2008 11:19 AM

          I love frozen peas. They'll work fine, just add them in near the end so they don't get mushy. But, I like them on the al dente side.

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