I love growing and eating peppers. Unfortunately, pepper season ends around October in zone 6. So, how do I keep my pepper addiction alive during the winter? I freeze my summer harvest of peppers! Yep, I freeze them and use them the whole winter. Let me teach you how.
Anna, come on. If you defrost the pepper, then it is going to be mushy. Gross.
How do you use them?
How to Freeze Peppers
Freezing pepper is really easy. All, I do, is put them in a bag or container. They don’t stick to each other like frozen tomatoes. However, your pepper can get freezer burn if you don’t close the bag properly or close the lid well.
Honestly, I don’t find there to be much difference between peppers with a little ice or those without any ice. Better cooks than me may choose to differ.
Once They Are Frozen, Here’s How to Chopped Them Up.
Sure. You can throw a whole thawed pepper in a soup pot. But what happens if recipe calls for chopped peppers?
If you let it thaw, it will be soggy. And, you can’t chop it a food processor. (Trust me. I have tried it.)
Watch my video below how I cut up my frozen peppers. Easy peazy.
About Frozen Peppers:
- The key to keeping the pepper frozen is you have to act quickly. (Yeah, your fingers may not like it but your stomach rules.)
- Do not wash the seeds out of the peppers because it will make the peppers soggy. (I have done this numerous time.)
Other Pepper Notes:
I am the waste free gal so everything on a plant is free game for me unless it is poisonous. Pepper leaves, by the way, are delicious. Here is my recipe.
Plus, don’t forget to put those pepper tops and seeds into a bag or container with all of your leftover vegetable peels. Why? Who doesn’t love homemade stock? Here are my vegetable and chicken/turkey recipes.
Freezing isn’t the only alternative. I have dehydrated them as well. Watch out for my post on dehydrating peppers.
PS You might be wondering, what are those dark peppers? They are heirloom purple peppers.
Join the Conversation.
How do you preserve your pepper harvest?