“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Other Vegetables „
Birds Eye is a very popular brand with around 60 years of experience, with their ever-expanding range becoming increasingly modern, healthy and varied. Their Petits Pois are a favourite of mine and my first choice for peas, being a bit of a freezer staple in our house.
Petits Pois are different to regular garden peas in the sense that they're smaller and sweeter. I guess it's down to personal preference, but I love the pois peas because they're a tad softer if cooked well. Birds Eye pride themselves on producing 'field fresh' foods, and the peas are no different. They're frozen within 2 ½ hours of picking, which helps to retain some of their health benefits and flavour.
These can be bought in different sizes depending on your needs and the packaging has been more recently updated. The last packet I bought was 1.2Kg in size and has a re-sealable opening. You rip it open (without scissors) and then use the clip strip to reseal. I really like this because it helps keep the freshness and makes them easier to store. It can make it slightly trickier to pour the peas out, but on the whole, I prefer this packaging. It's also very recognisable with the green and blue bag and Birds Eye logo on the front, and because the brand is very popular they're fairly easy to come across in supermarkets.
Cooking these is very straightforward. You can choose to either microwave if you want to save some time, or boil. Microwaving : Pop the peas into a microwavable bowl and add 15ml of water, cover and put on full power. 4 minutes at 650W/B, 3½ mins at 750W/D, or 3 mins at 850W/E. Once done, drain and dish up. Boiling : Pop peas in to a saucepan, add boiling water to cover them, and get the water back up to boiling. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Again, just drain and serve.
The aforementioned instructions are as per the bag. However, this is where I find cooking can really change how the peas turn out. If I cook in the microwave, I add more water than suggested, a lot more than 15ml / spoon of water anyway! Because of the heat the water evaporates, and if you don't have water covering the peas they can simply shrivel by the end of it. If boiling, I tend to leave on simmer for a lot longer than 2 minutes; from the time I add the peas, boil, and simmer, I probably leave them in for about 15 minutes. It's a good idea to keep a regular check on how they're doing because over boiling them often makes them pop and go too soggy. When leaving them for so long I have them very low with the lid slanted off.
The end result? Luscious green peas that are relatively sweet and soft enough without being soggy. They do test fresh and like they're good quality because they're succulent, rather than hard like some peas can be when you order a steak at the pub! I like how easy these are to cook and even though I tend to leave these a lot longer and use more water than suggested, I find my method to work really well. It's probably a case of trying it for yourself and deciding how you best like your petits pois done. It should be noted that you need to cook these until they're piping hot and that they shouldn't be refrozen after defrosting.
Per 80g serving, these provide 1 of the 5 'recommended daily portions' of fruit & veg, containing only 45 calories and 0.5g of fat, plus 4.8g of fibre and 4.3g of protein (54 calories per 100g). Not only do these taste yummy, they're also pretty healthy through providing vitamins, fibre etc.
Overall I would definitely recommend these. I have nothing negative to say about them; they're tasty, healthy, complement various meals and are easy to cook. It's strange that only a few years ago I wouldn't go near peas - now I have a bit of an addiction! Yum :)
700g sells for around £2.15 / 1.2Kg £3.25 (Tesco)
My darling wife is extremely fussy when it comes to eating her veg. Personally me, I'll eat any of it. If it looks good and fills me up, that is fine with me. However she is exactly the opposite.
If she eats peas, they usually have to be Petis Pois, and Birds Eye. For this reason we often have a packet of frozen Petis Pois in the freezer.
The packs come in 700g and 1200g. The smaller bag usually sets us back about £2.00, the larger pack about £3.00. They are available in most supermarkets and are picked and packed by a firm that you can trust.
Well the ingredients are small green peas. And lots of them. Obviously as they are frozen they stick together , until they have been heated in a pan or cooked in the microwave.
Once piping hot they become very soft and and they taste really nice. Each 80g serving has approx 45 calories, but to be honest they calories don't worry me too much. I mean after all, if you can't eat nice fresh (okay frozen) peas then what can you eat. The same portion will have about 0.5g of fat and a trace of salt. They are also part as one of your five a day.
Like with most peas you can add them to most dishes. Our popular meal that we have them with is a Roast Dinner. Knowing that all these peas have been grown in the UK, makes your British Roast, all that more enjoyable.
I couldn't recommend these peas enough. I love them. The wife loves them, and the children love them.
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We are trying to be a bit healthier in our household latey as we had been eating a lot of junk, not just because of the Christmas festivities, but in general we have both been really lazy with regards to actually cooking.
Anyway, my lovely lady made a cracking roast beef dinner for us tonight, having not had any vegetables since Christmas dinner five days ago. I am not a great 'lover' of peas of any description really, they just seem to taste of nothingness to me, but in the interests of having a 'colourful' dinner I accepted the offer of peas.
I don't generally do the shopping but asked Mrs Scamp where they were from, how much etc. I am told that the 700g bag of frozen Birds Eye Petits Pois cost £1.00 from Iceland. I guess the price will vary from shop to shop but these seem to be widely available. They are also available in a 1kg bag.
An 80g portion, which is quite a decent sized portion contains 50 calories and 0.5g of fat, so all in all a very healthy addition to any meal.
These tiny peas are very tender and succulent when boiled on the hob for 2-3 minutes from frozen, but they can also be microwaved from frozen which is really handy. These peas just look perfect, each and every one exactly the same. They taste like PEAS, so if you love them, great, if you don't then they are not for you.
I much prefer them when they have been microwave 'cooked' for about a minute - they remain firm and crisp and do not loose any of their colour, as they can do if they are overcooked on the hob.
The 'Field Fresh' tells us that they have been picked to frozen in two hours, guaranteeing us the freshest tasting pea we could find, without picking them our selves.
Overall, these are a quality pea, much better and tastier than value versions and the petits pois it the best by far.
For more information on Birds Eye products and their farming standards, visit www.birdseye.co.uk.
I don't eat that many peas even though I love them, that's because I get bored by them and have eaten so many peas that I'm a bit sick of them now! lol
The other day I went to do the shopping and brought a bag of Birds Eye Petits Pois because I thought they might be nice for a change and I'm converted. I think they're so delish that I reckon I'll be eating these until I'm sick of them too!
They're a lot smaller than normal peas and have got a lovely sweet flavour. They're dead easy to cook either in a saucepan or my fave way, nuking them for a minute straight from frozen. I think they taste a lot fresher done like that and the peas stay firmer.
The flavour is quite the same as normal frozen Birds Eye peas only like I said these are a lot sweeter. They can be used just like normal peas on a dinner or in a stew and things like that, one thing my mum suggested I tell you though is that they won't need as long to cook as normal peas so if you're putting them in a stew you don't need to add them until nearly the end of the cooking time.
I also like how they don't stick together while they're in the freezer, that bugs me with normal peas because you have to bash the bag to loosen them up or else they take a lot longer to cook. These ones pour out of the bag good and that makes it easier to measure out a serving instead of having to cook a big lump of solid peas.
They are a bit more expensive than normal peas, I can't remember the exact price now but I know that when I was in the supermarket they was about 40p dearer for the same size bag. That's ok for me though because they are a wicked change and taste delish.
Okey doke - I know that vegetables are not particularly sexy but, here's the confession bit - I do have a thing about peas. Especially freshly popped peas direct from their pods direct from the garden. Now of course this is not possible for various reasons and there is a reason when they declare the humble frozen pea as one of the greatest successes in frozen food.
Birds Eye are one of the key success stories in frozen veg and of course fish fingers. They have a massive marketing capability and a brand that surpasses many in a similar category. They are known all around the world and there has to be something to be said about a brand that has been so successful definitely from my childhood anyway - Captain Birds Eye anybody? Remarkably he didn't scar me for life with the thought of why were all those children happily on his boat miles away from family and friends? Aha - now it all becomes clear - alongside the fish fingers, he had Field Fresh Petit Pois!
Frozen peas are a firm stable in our freezer - yes we have tried to grow our own however they never even get to the pop stage after some hideous bug decides to impregnate the young pods with their offspring. Therefore we have given up on some of our grow your own, and this happens to include the humble pea. Therefore to save time and effort, we resort to the frozen variety.
The Other Half and I have tried every brand and type of frozen pea known - albeit all and only British ones. Yes, people may scoff but we do try to do our bit for the local farmers and economy - although we are aware that if the farmer gets 1 pea er penny per bag that would be generous. However, we at least try and so we have been swayed by this choice.
The peas have an appealing picture of the lovely countryside on the front - to encourage the idea that they are farm fresh, taken straight from the field, snapped and popped into the bag. Just like only yesterday they were on the plants.
There is not a huge lot I can say about this - the peas come in the bog standard plastic bag (that is recyclable! Another bonus!) that all frozen vegetables come in. But the Birds eye logo is such a well known one that it does stand out when your eyes scan the freezer at the supermarket.
The peas are absolutely as close as you will get to the just popped fresh thing. They are lovely, fresh, green, not woody or stalky but very tender. Peas like this are sweet and I can happily munch a whole bowl of them with a bit of butter and garlic - delicious!
The secret to this product is the fact that according to the blurb on the packet they have been frozen just two hours after they have been picked so it means they retain the sweetness that normally gets lost when fresh produce is picked and left for a few days before it is prepared for sale. They even encourage you via their website to "meet their farmers". Although I have yet to do this, as I stated earlier, all these things do make me feel I am buying a more local product than other brands. Although could British Grown mean Australia given it is still part of the British "Empire". Whatever the case may be, these are darn fine peas.
The current price for these peas at various supermarkets are as follows:
Tesco Currently £1.50 but normally £1.66
ASDA Currently 2 for £2
Package Size 900grams (why not a kilo you might wonder)
The Advertising and Packaging Blurb:
"Only Birds Eye vegetables come with a Field Fresh guarantee!
At Birds Eye we have been growing peas for over 60 years building unbeatable expertise. We have developed our fast harvesting and freezing process to preserve nature's goodness, ensuring maximum vitamin retention and the best possible taste.
To meet some of our farmers and find out more about how we grow your Field Fresh Peas visit our website www.birdseye.co.uk/fieldfresh"
Per portion (80g) provides: Calories 45 2%, Sugars 3.9g 4%, Fat 0.6g <1%, Saturates Trace <1%, Salt Trace <1% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount*.
*Guideline Daily Amounts are guidelines only for adults. Individual requirements will vary depending on age, gender, weight and physical activity. One 80g serving of Birds Eye Peas provides one of your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables.
I have to say although I resent being taken in by the branding and marketing etc, these really are extremely worthwhile and if you get a good bargain at the supermarket not that much more expensive than own brands. They are a tasty treat and just zapped ever so lightly in the microwave, easily retain their crunch and freshness.
You can boil them but personally I prefer zapping then in a microwave with a teaspoon of water to stop them getting dried out and turning into bullets.
As a snack you can also cook them add some butter, garlic and herbs. Parsley goes incredibly well with peas and enhances that garden fresh taste. Healthy and tasty - what more could you ever ask for in such a small object.