How to Trim Snow Peas
Trimming Snow Peas and Snap Peas
It is best to cook snow peas within a few days of purchase for best quality. The sweetest snow peas are those closest to harvest. Once picked, the natural sugars in the snow peas begin to convert into starches, taking away from the sweet taste. If they snap when you bend them, they are fresh!
How to trim snow peas (this process should begin just before cooking) :
1) Rinse off the peas.
2) Bend the pea pod back with one hand while holding with the other hand right next to the stem.
The top should snap right off but remain attached to the pod by a string.
If this isn’t working, then use a paring knife to cut from the curved edge toward the straight edge of the pea – stopping just before the connective string that runs down the side of the snow pea. A thumbnail can actually work just as well too!
3) Pull the tiny piece gently from the stem to the other end.
The string should come right off at the opposite end. If the string should break in the middle, then try starting the process again from the other side.
Note: It’s the concave side of the pea which contains the string that needs to be removed.
On larger peas, it is sometimes beneficial to also remove the opposite side as it may have become tough.