“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Other Vegetables „
Peas, yes, peas, they're a small and simple vegetable that takes minimal fuss to add to many different dishes. For this reason, I always have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer. My preferred choice is Bird's Eye, as they are far more flavoursome and delicious than the other frozen peas that are available. The reason I like these peas so much is that they are versatile and an easy vegetable to incorporate in many different meals. Peas are one of my son's favourite vegetables, which make them a priority. Bird's Eye peas come in three different sizes which are 340g, 700g and 1200g. I opted for the 1200g bag, as these were on special offer in my local supermarket. Another reason why I purchased this particular bag for is for the new zip locked designed bag - genius. I cannot stress enough the amount of times I have had frozen peas rolling around in the freezer and dropping onto the floor. Twisting the top corner of the bag after opening never keeps the peas contained, and can end in disastrous results if care isn't taken when taking them from the freezer. The zip lock bag is simple, yet brilliant. It is neat, and easy to use. The entire top of the bag can be opened, or it can be opened just a small amount to prevent over serving. Placing the bag back into the freezer they can be laid flat without any worry of losing any precious peas. This makes it neater, and easier to store them. The zip lock is easy to use and is robust. The massive bag has lasted us for a good amount of time, despite the fact that we get through a lot of these little petit pois. At approximately £3.25 for 1200g that makes these peas excellent value for money, even at full price. The peas are produced and manufactured in the UK. The peas are perfectly formed, are a nice texture, not watery and squidgy like some of the lesser brands. They are sweet and tender, and have a freshness about them, that will be down to the fact that they are frozen in 2.5hours of picking. I generally dislike canned and frozen vegetables, as they are generally bland and tasteless. However, these little petit pois are delicious and nutritious, providing one of my 5-a-day. They are a good source of protein, folic acid and vitamin C. As they are sweet and tender they are more likely to be enjoyed by children, and peas in general are an easier vegetable to persuade children to eat. These petit pois are perfect, and are enjoyed in many different dishes. They can be incorporated into different meals and make a quick and simple side dish. I like to have some sort of vegetable served with dinner, and find that these frozen peas are ideal and an economical choice. Another good reason why I like them is because they are easy to prepare, and even I don't burn them, which is a great confidence boost! Simple to cook, either pop them in the microwave, or place them in a pan, boil, simmer and serve. The instructions and recommended times are on the back on the packet, not that they are needed. Petit Pois are ideal for young children, as they have a sweet taste and are easy to pick up and scoop with a spoon. Yes, you've just read a review on Bird's Eye Petit Pois. Simply delicious! Widely available in all good supermarkets.
I know it seems a bit strange to write a review about peas, kind of like reviewing a certain make of apple really, but I was thinking the other day about how much I like peas. I never really ate them until just over a year ago, and suddenly realised that I love them, so when I have them I usually end up with half a plate full. It wasn't until I went out last week and had a pub lunch that I realised that different brands of peas do actually make a difference. So although I can't really describe these very well (if anyone can describe the taste please feel free to give it a go!) but they were a higher quality than what I had with my steak down the pub. These are quite small peas, unlike others like garden peas. Hence the name Petits Pois; French for small peas. They're produced by Birds Eye, so with a company with years of knowledge and experience you can rest assured they should know what's what when it comes to their products. These, obviously, are frozen so can be found in the veg section of freezers of most (if not all) supermarket as they're a very popular and well-known brand. I believe they come mainly in 3 sizes: 640g £1.76 (Tesco) 1.2kg £3.28 (tesco own make 1kg £1.71) 1.44kg (£3 current special offer) In comparison to other brands or supermarket own makes they're about average if you can get the 1.44kg bag on offer. Given the choice of these or a cheaper brand though, I would choose these as they've always been of good quality, no dodgy peas in sight. To cook, they can either be boiled or put in the microwave. I find that boiling takes longer than they say, but I tend to leave mine in around 10 minutes so make sure they're soft inside otherwise you end up with hard peas. Unless that's the way you like them of course. Putting them in the microwave is quick at around 3 minutes, and less hassle if you're only popping a few in for yourself. If you do this though, I would put a lot more water in than they suggest. They instruct 2 tablespoons I think, which means they shrivel up and aren't cooked properly, so make sure you submerge your little peas first. I often leave them for slightly longer than suggested in the microwave too, just to be on the safe side. When cooked, they're fresh green in colour and have a succulent, soft, texture. The taste I can't quite explain, but it's nothing too outrageous so it's hard to despise unless you can't stand veggies. I must admit I used to hate them, but I'm much more of a fan now. A portion size is described as being 80g, which gives you only 50 calories and 0.5g fat. Plus that 80g counts as 1 towards the 'five a day' suggestion. At the moment, these are classed as 'New Season British Petits Pois' and described as being 'only a carefully selected variety of succulent, tiny peas'. In addition, they're picked and frozen within 2 1/2 hrs, so the freshness and health benefits are maximised. I would agree; quality peas that are fresh, healthy, tasty and succulent when cooked.
I've always loved peas - I think they taste great, they're easy to cook, and I always like something green on my plate! Birds Eye Petite Pois are small frozen peas that will keep a long time, like any frozen food. The difference is that because of the size of the peas, the bag is quite movable so if you're short on freezer space like I am, you can usually squeeze a bag in at the side or squish it round other boxes without any complaint. Unlike supermarket brands, Birds Eye Petite Pois come in small bags and although this is good in terms of space, it means that me, as one person, can get through a bag fairly quickly. So the cost of buying these for a family may not be worthwhile unless you have fussy eaters or don't eat peas that much. I tend to use these peas as a colourful addition to a stir fry - I just pour some into my wok along with my other veg and find that they cook perfectly in the same amount of time as my fresh veg, probably due to their size. They are slightly sweeter than normal peas I find, but still make for a satisfying pop/crunch combination. My favourite way to eat them is with oven baked fish and steak cut chips or wedges - delicious! I'm weird but I think of them as nice and friendly - easy to cook, no fiddly preparation, and all the nutrients have been sealed in by freezing them. In my mind the only disadvantage is the packaging - you have to rip the plastic open and there's no way of sealing it unless you're hardcore and have plastic ties and such, which I don't. This means that my peas often take part in the Great Escape and bounce all over the kitchen in an effort to avoid being eaten. As well as boiling, steaming and stir frying them, you can even cook them in the microwave for a truly speedy vegetable. I've cooked them all these ways except boiling as too many of the nutrients are lost, and I find that they taste perfect no matter how I do it. I'm not the world's best cook so I like to keep things simple and easy! These peas are definitely one of my freezer staples.