Look for firm, heavy, bright green pods with no blemishes. Fresh shelled peas should be glossy and plump.
Peas in their pods should be kept in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to 3 days. Shell peas just being using.
To Freeze fresh peas, place rinsed, shelled peas into boiling water for about 90 seconds, then plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Allow the peas to cool completely in the ice water, then drain and pat dry. Place the peas on a flat baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the peas are individually frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer safe bag or container and store in the freezer until ready to use.
You can also find frozen peas at your local grocery store.