Freezing vegetables is a great way to preserve and enjoy their freshness at any time of year. Green peppers are an easy vegetable to freeze because, unlike many other vegetables, they do not need to be blanched prior to freezing. As with freezing any vegetable, select green peppers at their peak of ripeness to create the best frozen product. With a few easy steps, you can easily freeze ripe green peppers that will stay fresh for up to a year.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic freezer bags
Wash the peppers thoroughly, and pat dry with a paper towel.
Cut peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds.
Slice or dice peppers to the desired size.
Place sliced peppers onto a tray in a single layer.
Freeze the tray for 30 minutes.
Remove peppers from the freezer and place them into plastic freezer bags.
Remove as much air as possible from inside the plastic bag and seal.
Label and date the bag and return to the freezer.
Tips & Warnings
- You can freeze your green peppers in smaller, premeasured quantities to make them easy to take out and use for cooking. After freezing green peppers on the tray, measure them into your desired quantities and place those amounts into sandwich bags. Then seal each sandwich bag and place them into a larger freezer bag. This makes it easy to remove just the right amount for cooking or eating so you don't have to thaw out the whole batch at once.
- If you are freezing green peppers from your own garden, try to freeze them within two hours of harvesting for optimal freshness.
- You can use a drinking straw to suck out excess air from your plastic freezer bags.
- Placing the peppers on the tray first allows them to freeze in separate pieces, rather than sticking together in chunks. If you are separating your peppers into small amounts, or clumping is not an issue for your pepper use, you can forgo this step.
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