“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Peas „
When it comes to vegetables I do always try to do my best at buying in fresh but living alone I tend to get a lot of waste or simply forget I got fresh in which is why I more often than not buy packs of frozen vegetables and when it comes to Birds Eye and vegetables they are a favourite of mine as I know I am getting quality and reasonable freshness.
I love peas, find them versatile and this is why the other week in my local |Asda store I bought a 700g bag of these costing me £2.15. I usually wait for things on offer but was happy enough to buy these for that price as it was quite a large bag and I knew I'd get rather a few servings for lil old me out of these!
The plastic bag is green and blue in colour with a photograph of of the peas on the front of it and we are told that they are Birds Eye 'Field Fresh' Petits Pois and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told how to cook them, nutritional information and the size is stated as is contact details for Birds Eye given. This is not a resealable bag so do be sure to have a clip or something to do them up with because if you don't they quite simply go and spill everywhere!
You can microwave these in a little water or boil, steam them, add them to dishes..... Whatever you like really! They are perfectly small, round dark green peas and of amazing quality. Naturally sweet with the skin on softly on the outside, soft moist inners, they really do have a nice natural sweetness to them these. I like them served as a side dish though do add them to curries and things to which they hold themselves well and never go mushy or anything adverse like that.
All in all these may be a little more pricey than some peas on the market however you are paying for superb quality peas that taste really very good indeed and for me there's only one pea brand that ever makes it in my freezer nowadays and that's these!
I love pretty much all vegetables and peas are something that goes with pretty much every meal. Obviously you cannot beat fresh peas straight out of the pod but a great tasting alternative is frozen peas and with Birds Eye field fresh peas they are picked and frozen within two and a half hours! Which not only keeps them very fresh it also helps to retain as many of the vitamins as possible.
Birds Eye field fresh garden peas are widely available in most supermarkets. They come in different size bags which are currently priced in Tesco at 480g for £1.25, 900g for £1.75, 1.52kg for £2.89. Living in an apartment we only have a small slim line chest freezer so I love the fact that I can buy the smaller bags meaning I have peas at hand but they don't take up a large amount of space.
The garden peas come in a simple thin plastic bag, the only problem that I find with the packaging is that you need to make sure once opened you use a sealing device or place in a freezer bag or you will end you finding a nice pile of peas in the bottom of your freezer next time you defrost it.
The peas are very easy to cook, simply place in a microwave bowl with 1tbsp of water, cover and heat for between 3-4 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. Alternatively place into a saucepan add boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes. It's important not to overcook the peas as the longer you cook them the more vitamins you lose.
The nutritional value for a portion of 80g of peas is:
Calories (kcal) - 45
Sugars - 3.9g
Fat - 0.6g
Saturates - trace
Salt - trace
Birds Eye also display the 'Forever Food' logo which means as company they work with the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group to improve farming's impact on wildlife, field habitat's, soil, energy and water usage. It is always nice in my opinion to see a large company doing its bit to protect the environment.
Frozen peas are so versatile, you can eat them as a side dish or add them to soups, stews, pies and casseroles. They can also be cooked, cooled and added to salads, rice and pasta dishes. One of the most easy to cook vegetables out there, and as they are frozen you can get them all year round.
These peas are just like they say on the packet, sweet and tender. I have never had a bad bag of these peas, they cook quickly and taste fresh and succulent every time. I have tried other brands of frozen peas as they tend to be a bit cheaper but I find birds eye are the best quality out there. They are also most importantly one of your five a day so get your pan on the boil!!
Peas are a versitile vegetable that grace any plate, and while the other vegetables are rotated around my menu plan, the pea remains a stable.
I must start by telling you, I only eat Birds Eye peas, I have tried other makes but always come back to the gorgeous Birds Eye variety including their petit pois which are more expensive.
The peas come in the colourful plastic bag, feshly frozen for goodness, they are all roughly the same size and colur and I put mine in a pan of boiling salted water and simmer for about 20 minutes, this way suits me , but I do know that you can microwave for a faster result.
I like my "pea" on my sunday roast, I also love fish, chips and peas, I`ve added them to casseroles and made a pea and ham soup with them in my blender.
One of the things I do like about them is the rich green colour, I like my plates to look colourful and these do it.
As sold per 100g
of which sugars 4.9g
of which saturates 0.1g
equivalent as salt trace
one 80gserving of Birds Eye Peas provides one of your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables
So not only are they good for you, they look great too.
Birds Eye peas come in various size bags from 900g, 1.5kg, 2.25g they usually retail for around £1.60 for a bag of 900g, but its worth shopping around because some supermarkets have offers .
Summary: Birds Eye the only pea for me
Peas have a bad reputation, from the old Spitting image sketches of a grey John Major only eating peas because he was perceived as dull, they have been viewed as a boring easy part of a meal. But in reality they are an easy part of a dinner, but an incredibly healthy easy part of the dinner.
As a frozen food they offer a huge variety of iron, vitamins and minerals which have been kept perfectly due to their frozen nature.
The Birds Eye Peas are wrapped in a green bag with the Birds Eye wording and a nice picture of a bowl of peas, its appealing and looks great.
Available in all major supermarkets and many local stores, it is a really popular brand which sells well everywhere.
480g - £1
900g - £1.64 (Or two for £3)
These prices are current at Tesco Superstore.
There are 62 calories in each 100g of the peas this is pretty good as a whole 480g bag would have less than one quarter of your daily calorie intake, you could never eat this many so can feel safe in the knowledge that a good portion of peas is simply very good for you. There are also 0.77g of fat per 100g.
How to use them:
Personally I use them in a wide variety of meals, with roasts, with sausage, mash and gravy, in Paella, in a tuna and pulse pasta, and also with gammon and chips or fishfingers and chips. It is a lovely fresh healthy tasting part of a meal and always feels fresh and as if it is adding to your health. They are part of your five a day and contain no artificial ingredients.
I can only whole heartedly recommend these as they are healthy, good for you. Taste fantastic and are an adaptable part of any dinner.
I love most vegetables but my favourite is definitely the lowly pea, often overlooked as not quite exciting enough for modern palates I fail to see how anyone could not love these perfect green balls. I grow my own peas and have done for many years, but considering I eat them practically every day (sometimes twice!) I'd need a vegetable patch the size of a football pitch to keep me going!
The next best thing I think is Birds Eye Garden Peas which are available in every single supermarket, and probably every single corner shop, in the UK. They are frozen and come in a variety of bag sizes to suit every household from dinky little bags which would last me ten minutes to the large 1.52kg bags that I buy, they are rather expensive when compared to supermarket own brand frozen peas but the quality is far better so the increased cost is something I will happily bear.
I love these peas simply because they taste so fresh and are of extremely high quality. They are very small peas which means they are young with a sweet flavour, I can happily eat them alone or with gravy although my very favourite way of eating them is with a knob of butter slowly melting through them and a spoon of freshly chopped mint stirred through. In recent years I've never had a bad pea from Birds Eye, before harvesting and packaging became so effective there would always be the odd black or hard pea in there but modern standards have put a stop to this - in fact Birds Eye state on their packaging that all their peas are picked and frozen within 2 1/2 hours - which is pretty good going I think!
The key with these peas is not to overcook them when boiling. I always do mine in the microwave as I find it gives perfect results every time; simply tip the peas into a microwaveable jug, cover with boiling water then microwave for 2 minutes. You can also do them on the hob but the peas really don't take long to cook so make sure you keep a close eye on them once the water starts boiling.
I find these peas are excellent in stews, stir fries, casseroles, curries and anything really that you'd want to add extra veggies to. I had a problem getting them to stick in a frittata once due to the smallness of them, but suspect that is my total incompetence when cooking this specific dish that was the real culprit. I'd advise adding them towards the end of cooking when making a stew or anything that needs cooking for a long time as otherwise the peas will become very soft and lose their tasty sweet flavour, although this is true of any brand of pea (including fresh ones) so I cannot hold this against Birds Eye.
One other thing. Peas do not belong in tins. Full stop. If you are a tinned pea eater then do give these a try, you'll never understand why you loved those insipid musty tasting things that come wrapped in steel.