Whether you’re raising them in your garden or bought a few too many at the Farmer’s Market, at some point freezing peppers will probably hit your To-Do List. Here’s a simple guide on how to freeze peppers to get you started.
I’m telling you, I am so impressed with our organic garden this year. Everything that we’ve planted has just done tremendously well. A couple of weeks ago, we had zucchini and tomatoes coming out of our ears. Our zucchini has slowed down tremendously with the hot mid-Summer temperatures, but we’re still getting quite a few tomatoes daily.
And our green peppers and jalapeno peppers? Oh my goodness! I’ve been scouring Pinterest for recipes that use peppers because it seems like they all ripen at once, but there’s just no way for us to use up all of them before they go bad, so I have been freezing peppers.
Now freezing green peppers may sound like a super easy thing to some of you, but there’s a couple tricks that someone shared with me that make this the easiest and best way to freeze green peppers! And I love them, because once you know a super, simple skill like this – it’ll stick with you forever and it’s something that we can easily pass on down generations to teach our children how to preserve food and live more sustainable.
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The only thing you need to freeze green peppers is your knife, cutting board [I just LOVE this one!], green peppers or any pepper of your choosing, and freezer ziploc bags. The best part about freezing green peppers, and any peppers for that matter, is there is no need to blanch. You can really freeze green peppers in under 30 minutes!
How to Freeze Peppers
Besides a stuffed pepper recipe, we hardly ever use green peppers as a whole, I almost always use them sliced or sometimes diced, so it only makes sense to freeze them that way.
- Choose tender, crisp peppers to freeze.
- Wash the peppers
- Cut out pepper stems and slice in half.
- Remove seeds and membrane.
- Once you’ve done that, slice the peppers the thickness that you desire. I most often prefer slices because it takes less time, but you can even dice them.
- Once you have them sliced, arrange them on a cookie sheet. No, we’re not baking, we’re going to freeze green peppers individually.
Tip: Freeze sliced green peppers individually, without touching each other, on your favorite cookie sheet so you can choose the exact amount you need for dinner prep.
You’ll only need to leave them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, just long enough for them to freeze individually so they won’t stick to each other when put together in the bag!
Then put your individually frozen green peppers in your freezer Ziploc bags for long-term storage. I’ve kept my frozen green peppers in the freezer for up to 3 months – that’s about as long as they last because when it’s winter time, my family craves fresh summer veggies.