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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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  1. chowser RE: ArikaDawn 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.

    1. jfood RE: ArikaDawn 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 RE: jfood 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 RE: MMRuth 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. ArikaDawn RE: ArikaDawn May 6, 2008 11:33 AM

        Thanks! Off to the store...

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          alkapal RE: ArikaDawn 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!

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            roxlet RE: alkapal 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...

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          kalidaemon RE: ArikaDawn 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.

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