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How to Make a Snack of Roasted Peas

by
author image Kay Miranda
In 2001, Kay Miranda had her second screenplay purchased, then started writing a weekly column in "The Messenger," with work appearing in "Xquisite" and "Valley Scene Magazine." Miranda earned a Bachelor of Arts in bio-psychology from the University of Colorado. Fortunate to play collegiate tennis, Miranda has extensive travel and coaching experience.
How to Make a Snack of Roasted Peas
Preserve fresh peas through dry roasting. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Consider peas for a healthy snack filled with vitamins C and A and iron that is also a good source of vegetarian protein. Dried or roasted peas are a snack parents can feel good about giving their kids. The crunchy texture and seasoned taste is something many kids and adults enjoy.

Dry Roast Peas

Step 1

Remove the peas from the pod and wash them in cold water. Place the peas in a cheesecloth and tie at the top, keeping the peas secure.

Step 2

Bring a pot with a quart of water to a boil. Add 1 tsp. of salt to the water. Vinegar or lime juice are substitutes for the salt, providing citric acid to prevent darkening and help prevent bacterial growth.

Step 3

Fill a bowl with ice and cold water, leaving enough room for the peas.

Step 4

Drop the cheesecloth with peas in boiling water for five to 10 seconds. Move the cheesecloth bag around to make sure all peas contact the water. Remove the peas.

Step 5

Submerge the cheesecloth with peas in the ice bath. As soon as the peas are cooled, remove them from the cheesecloth and dry them on paper towels.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 140 F.

Step 7

Lay the peas on cookie sheet in a single layer.

Step 8

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for five to 14 hours with the oven door ajar using an over-safe metal mixing bowl to promote air flow. Peas are done when they are brittle and crunchy.

Adding Roasted Peas to Snacks

Step 1

Eat peas plain or lightly salted on their own.

Step 2

Mix roasted peas with bran cereals, chocolate, nuts and pretzels for a homemade trail mix.

Step 3

Sprinkle roasted peas on a salad for a midday snack.

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