I combed the internet looking for how to can dried peas and came up with very little. Most posts where about canning beans with a little footnote about canning peas. Below I’m going to walk you through the step by step process of how to take those little dried marbles and turn them into a shelf stable jar of deliciousness that saves me a ton of time.
Why Not Buy Canned Peas At The Store?
The short answer is because it’s expensive. A single can of good quality peas is easily $1.50 by me, but I’m cheap and the store brand is usually about $.60. When I buy food, I buy a lot in one shot. So by the time all is said and done, I’ve spent about $15 to $36 on 24 15oz cans of peas. Is that a lot? No. But I feel better knowing that the only thing in my jar of peas is peas.
The other part is that whole dried peas are a ton cheaper as well. I can buy a 10# of whole split peas for $15. Plus, if they are kept “right” they can last for a long time on the shelf just like they are. If I don’t want to can 10# of peas in one go, I can put them in a mylar bag with some oxygen absorbers and store it.
The reason I choose to can dried peas is because dried peas take a LONG time to cook. I have zero desire to stand in my kitchen that long so I go ahead and can them.
How To Can Dried Peas?
This recipe is the one I came up with a couple years ago and just followed the guidelines for beans. If you are a strict follower of the Ball Bible? Maybe not follow this recipe. I found Ball’s recipe produces very mushy peas that did not hold well. Since I don’t mind breaking the rules and this recipe is mine, you take on all risks associated with following it. I’ve never had a problem in all the years I’ve canned like this, but I can’t guarantee your kitchen or skills.
This method of canning peas is called dry canning. I’m not really sure why because when you dry can potatoes, you don’t add any liquid, on this one you do. I think the difference between the two is that when you are done, your peas should have soaked up most of the water.
You can find all the supplies you need on this blog post.
You should always be in the practice of soaking your peas or beans. This helps get all the dirt and debris off your peas and that was in the bag. However, I’ve never soaked peas or beans because there has never been a problem. I do rinse them though.
If you have soaked your peas, GENTLY, scoop your peas with either a cup (for quarts) or half cup measuring cup (for pints) and put them in your mason jar. If you haven’t soaked them, you don’t have to be as careful but I wouldn’t be overly rough either. Also, I suggest wide mouth but whatever works for you. At this point you can add salt if you wish, we don’t. 1 teaspoon for quarts 1/2 teaspoon for pints.
I work in batches, so I only fill however many jars my canner will hold. Also, I only can peas in pint jars. I don’t have a lot of use for a quart of peas. So I will fill 10 jars with peas, then fill the rest with water leaving 1″ head space. This allows for expansion of the pea.
Fill your canner with the recommended water amount. My Presto 23-Qt with 3 quarts of water but be sure to check your manufacture recommendations. Then add your filled jars to the canner.
Bring your canner up to pressure by using your manufacture recommendations. I will usually fill my canner with 3 qts of hot water and put the burner on high. Then as my canner is reaching temperature, I will fill my jars with hot water. After about 5 minutes I will secure the lid. 10 minutes after that I add my weight. I process for meat times 90 minutes for quarts and 75 minutes for pints. For my altitude I use a 15# weight.
Step 6: When you are done processing your jars, let the canner naturally depressurize. This can take a long time but don’t rush it! Once it’s depressurized, you can use your jar grabber and take your jars out to cool on a towel. Make sure to label!
That’s really it!
Pressure Canning Dried Peas
- 1 Pressure Canner
- 2 Cases Pint Jars
- Basic Canning Supplies
- 5 Lbs Whole Peas
- Salt if desired
- Rinse peas and disguard any rocks, bugs, etc that may be in the bag. I've never had this problem so to be fair, I don't usually rinse.
- Scoop 1 cup of peas into a quart jar or 1/2 cup into a pint jar
- Fill the rest of the way with water, making sure to leave 1" headspace
- Optional! Add 1 teaspoon for quart or 1/2 teaspoon for pint
- Fill your pressure canner with water to manufacture recommended level
- Add jars to canner
- Process for 90 minutes for quarts or 75 minutes for pints
- Allow canner to completely depressurize before opening
- Once depressurized, pull out jars and place on a towel until you hear the beautiful *ping*
- If any jars fail to seal, refrigerate and use within 4 days.
- Be sure to label your jars!