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Garlic Parmesan Snap Peas

Pea season will be here soon and with it comes wonderful variations of pea side dishes. On a search for a new way to prepare peas for our family, we found a delightful recipe for garlic snap peas. My family LOVES garlic, but we also love cheese. I decided to change up the recipe and add in a little Parmesan cheese. My kids couldn’t get enough! These Garlic Parmesan Snap Peas are the perfect compliment to when you are wanting a light and tasty meal. This is great with peas in the pod, but I think it would work well with shelled peas also.

 

Garlic Parmesan Snap Peas
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (vegetable or canola works fine also)
3 Cups Sugar Snap Peas
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
1. Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high heat; Add oil
2. Once oil is heated, add Snap Peas. Stir frequently for about 3-4 minutes or until peas are starting to tender. you still want them crisp.
3. Add garlic; mix in well to cover the peas.
4. Remove the wok from the heat and add in Parmesan Cheese. Mix well.
5. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.



What is your favorite way to prepare

 Snap Peas?

~Kerry Clabaugh

Soil Preparation for Growing Peas

Homegrown peas will only be as good as the soil that they are grown in.  In order to have the best peas, take time before planting to improve your soil.  You must first determine the type of soil that you are working with.  There are many types of soil including, sand, clay, loam, or even a combination of these types.  To determine your soil type, a soil sample can be sent to your local Cooperative Extension service.  This service will perform a number of tests on your soil and tell you what kind of soil and what the organic makeup of your soil is.  This service will also provide you with suggestions to improve your soil.

A Little Work and Dirty Hands

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Working the soil is an important step for growing any vegetable.  Since vegetable seeds need oxygen to properly germinate, loose soil is important.  This also enables pea seed roots to stretch out in order to obtain the food and nutrients they need.  This will make plants stronger and healthier.  Till or spade your garden early in the spring to a depth of 10 inches.  Wait until the soil is dry enough to work or you will end up with clumps of dirt that will dry and harden, making it impossible for roots to grow.  To test the soil, squeeze a handful into a small ball, if you can break the ball easily by poking it with your finger, it is dry enough to be worked.  When you have worked the soil it should be free of clumps and very loose.  Working the soil also cuts down on weeds.  Every time the soil is turned, tiny weed producing seeds are unearthed and brought to the surface where they die leaving the others too deep to germinate.  This will cut down on the time and effort spent weeding a garden.

Healthy Soil Yields Healthy Vegetables

It is important that your soil is improved before planting bean or pea seeds.  Once seeds have been planted, it is too late to improve and add needed nutrients.  One of the best ways to improve soil is to incorporate organic material.  This can be old leaves, kitchen scraps, compost, or any number of organic materials that will break down and improve the quality of the soil.  In sandy soils, this organic material will hold the soil together.  In clay soils, the material will wedge between the soil particles to loosen it, allowing water and air to reach the roots of the plants. Organic material can be added any time but adding it during the fall season gives it plenty of time to break down before the spring planting season.soil-test

What Is Your Soil PH Level?

Soil pH is another factor that should be considered.  The pH is simply how acid or alkaline your soil is.  A testing kit can be bought at your local gardening center to test this.  Peas grow best in a pH of 5.8 to 7.0.  The pH of 7.0 is a neutral pH with 5.8 being a little more on the acidic side.  To bring your soil to the correct pH, add lime (to bring the pH up and lessen the acidity) or sulfur (to bring the pH down or make it more acidic).  Ashes from wood stoves or fireplaces can be used in place of lime.  Use 4 to 5 pounds of lime or ashes (12 quart bucket) for every 100 square feet of soil to be treated.

Fertilizer

cow-277727_640Fertilizers are also recommended when working the soil.  There are two different types of fertilizers, organic and chemical.  Organic fertilizers will not burn plants as will their chemical counterparts.  Since the pea is a legume, it absorbs its supply of nitrogen from the air after germination.  Bone meal can be used to supply nitrogen until then.  It has slow action and does not harm any crop.  One suggested organic fertilizer for peas consists of one part dried blood (obtained from a slaughter house), one part bone meal, and one part greensand, potash, or granite dust.    Other organic fertilizers include blood meal, peat moss, and manure. Manure is a natural fertilizer for plants but also has a high salt content.  This is not a problem in areas of high rainfall where the salts are washed away.  It becomes a problem in areas in which the rainfall is not sufficient to wash away the salts, thus causing a “burned leaf” appearance in the pea plants.  Commercially prepared chemical fertilizers are available and can be bought for the needs of a particular type of soil.  When purchasing these, look for the three numbers associated with the type.  This tells you how much nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is contained in the product.  The first number specifies the percentage of nitrogen.  The second and third specifies the percentages of phosphorus and potassium.  That means that 10-10-10 on a package of fertilizer corresponds to 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphorus, 10 percent potassium, and 70 percent inert ingredients.   Whether using chemical or organic fertilizer it is important to use the correct type and amounts needed for your particular soil.  Using more than required will not make your soil better.  It can result in burned pea plants and low yield.

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Once pea plants have been harvested it is a good idea to turn the plants back into the soil.  Peas are especially good for this because of the nitrogen content in their roots.  Tilling them back under the soil preserves this nitrogen and improves the soil for future crops.  This is called “green manure”.  Many people plant an early pea crop and immediately till them back into the soil after harvest so that they can plant a second crop of vegetables.  This method takes advantage of the nutrients that the pea crop has left behind in the soil. Taking the time before planting season to prepare your soil correctly will assure that your peas are healthy and strong.  You will be sure that it was well worth the extra effort when you are enjoying the “fruits of your labor”.

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Don’t forget to check out my reviews of different pea shelleing machines to help save your time…and thumbs.. one you have harvested your pea garden.

TaMaCo Pea Huller & Sheller Model 515 Review

 

TaMaCo 515 Pea Huller

TaMaCo 515 Pea Huller

The TaMaCo Commercial Pea Sheller by Taylor Manufacturing sets the standard in the pea shelling world for commercial pea shelling machine performance. With pea sheller machines, like so many sophisticated products, it is hard to tell the difference between features and gimmicks. Blurring that line, most homemade pea sheller machines and small pea sheller machine makers just build something they think is a good idea from pea sheller blueprints or pea sheller plans. There is a very wide chasm between theory and reality. Taylor Manufacturing puts those theories to real world testing. They constantly look to improve performance with hard data by painstakingly running live tests, counting and weighing the timed results then they will continue to tinker and modify certain pea sheller parts. It is safe to say Taylor knows how to make a pea sheller!

 

Need To Know

  • Most efficient hullers sold
  • Shelling Speed 2 – 8 minutes
  • Easy to operate
  • Loads and unloads from front
  • Low voltage safety controls
  • Dual drum drives
  • Dual positive belt idlers
  • Changeable drum doors
  • Changeable filters
  • Auto timed shut off
  • Rubber mounted bearings
  • One year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Amazing yield per bushel

 

 

TaMaCo Pea Huller Points of Contact 

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For all the features/gimmicks/hype, bean sheller machine performance comes down to one thing- POINTS OF CONTACT. This is where the pea huller opens the bounty and drops out the peas. Exactly how the pea pod is coaxed in to breaking open by these Points of Contact is a trade secret. What I can tell you is there are 99 Points of Contact on the TaMaCo Pea Shelling Machines, far more than any other commercial pea sheller on the market. Each of these Points of Contact are spaced apart for maximum efficiency. As you can see by the pictures it is hard for a pea pod to get through without making contact. This is crucial to maximizing yield! If you see a pea sheller with a wider gap, then there will be a drop in yield. Large or wide paddles are totally ineffective and even counterproductive as they end up bruising more peas than anything else. Points of Contact that are too far apart are also inefficient and reduce yield.

 

 

TaMaCo Pea Huller-Safety First

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Aside from the simple locking latch that keeps small children from opening the large outer door, there is also a safety switch that shuts off the TaMaCo Pea Huller. Once again, this innovation just goes to show how much consideration goes into the building of one of these bean shelling machines.

Aside from these visible safety features there are more important ones that aren’t seen. Like the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) reset switch should the TaMaCo Pea Sheller come into a close encounter with water or other dangerous shock hazards.

 

 

It’s What’s Inside?

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The inside of the TaMaCo Pea Sheller is much more than an empty box. There are wires, electronics, and motors doing all kinds of little tasks to ensure the drum turns at the proper speed and protected from electrical surges. The TaMaCo pictured is the improved model of the original Model 500 TaMaCo pea hullers. This machine is designed for medium to heavy commercial use.To shell, just lift the huller lid and remove one drum door, dump the desired amount of peas or beans into the door opening, then replace the door and lid. Turn the timer on and minutes later you have pans of beautifully shelled peas or beans. The TaMaCo huller is a drum type sheller that comes with sizes “C” and “D” doors, “C” and “D” filter screens and an “A” catch screen. This will allow you to shell most varieties of peas and standard butterbeans. If your needs are to shell extremely small peas or larger than normal butterbeans, additional doors and filters are available.

 

Specifications Model 515 Model 520
Motor Volts 115 230
Motor Size 1.5 2
Motor Hertz 60 60
Full load running amps 20.4 10.7
Full load starting amps 104 62
Width operating 25″ 25″
Width shipping 36″ 36″
Height operating 51″ 51″
Height shipping 56.5″ 56.5″
Drum length 61″ 61″
Shipping weight 640 lbs 644 lbs
Operating weight 488 lbs 492 lbs
Suggested breaker size (amps) 30 20
Shelling time in minutes per load – beans 2-5 2-5
Shelling time in minutes per load – peas 3-8 3-8

 

Bushel of Green Beans

 

TaMaCo Huller Explanations

DOORS: Doors are the 4 individual removable screens that makes up the Drum or cylinder.

  • DOOR SELECTIONS: Some operators find that when exceptionally large peas are mixed with their standard size peas of the same variety, they can use three standard doors for this variety, and one larger size door to let these larger peas fall through with a minimum of trash.
    Doors sets “B”, “C”, “D” and “E” have external removable shields. No external shields are necessary for “F” doors since these doors are used for shelling extremely large beans.
  • DOOR EXAMPLES:
    “B” – For extra small peas (i.e., Lady Fingers, Turkey peas, etc.).
    “C” – For small peas to standard size peas (i.e., Black-eyes, Cream, Conch peas, etc.).
    “D” – For large peas (i.e. Purple hull, standard butterbeans, etc.).
    “E” – For large beans (i.e. Large limas, colored and speckled, etc.).
    “F” – For extra large beans (i.e. Ford Hooks, etc.).

CATCH: The catch is the bottom of the two screens on the shaker. This screen catches the peas and sends them to the receiving pan while allowing the smaller particle of trash and chips of hulls pass through to the trash pan.

  • CATCH SELECTIONS: There are two size catches available for these hullers. The “A” catch for use with most sizes peas and beans, such as Black-eye, Butterbean, Ford Hook, Etc., or the “AA” catch which is used only when the operator is shelling an extra small pea, such a turkey pea, Lady Finger Pea, etc.. Operation of an “A” catch with extra small peas would result in lost peas to the trash pan.
  • CATCH EXAMPLES:
    “A” – For use with “C”, “D”, “E”, AND “F” doors.
    “AA” – For use with “B” doors only.

FILTER: A filter is the top removable screen on the shaker system that peas or beans pass through trapping the larger particles of unwanted trash or chips of hulls.

    • FILTER SELECTIONS: Selection of filter is important as they help keep the lager particles of trash out of the peas and beans that will pass through the filter screen. Only one filter is necessary to match each of the drum doors sets you have chosen, but if the peas or beans you are shelling will pass through a smaller filter than the door selection, it would be advisable to use this filter instead. Therefore, we suggest the purchase of an extra filter that is one size smaller than the smallest drum door set to give you a greater variety of filtering while shelling. “F” doors do not have external shields, so a shaker filter is not required when shelling with this set of doors.
    • FILTER EXAMPLES:
      “A” – For use with “B” Doors.
      “B” – For use with “B” or “C” Doors.
      “C” – For use with “C” or “D” Doors.
      “D” – For use with “D” or “E” Doors.
      “E” – For use with “E” Doors.

SHAKER: The shaker is the lower vibrating device that holds the Filter and the catch for separating the trash and hull chips from the peas or beans.

 

As always, we encourage you to check out different websites for more information on ordering. Our favorites are www.peasheller.net and www.gardenharvesters.com

~Kerry Clabaugh