Freezing bell peppers is a great way to preserve their freshness and color. Don't let your bell peppers go bad before you can use them, freeze them for use later. This is a guide about freezing bell peppers.
Where I live, bell peppers can be rather expensive. I buy them only when they are on sale. I wash them, chop them, then spread them on a cookie sheet. I let a little fan blow on them for about half an hour. This reduces the surface moisture a bit, thereby reducing the formation of ice crystals when I freeze them. I still get enough ice crystals to cause the peppers to stick together.
I found that if after doing the above, I place a coffee filter in the freezer bag and squeeze all air out before sealing, the peppers will have very little ice crystals on them, and all the little pieces will remain separate and even pourable.
Try drying them. Chop them small pieces and spread on a cookie sheet. For electric ovens turn the oven on to the lowest setting. Place pan in oven and turn off the oven leaving the light bulb on. Stir the peppers every couple hours until they've dried completely. This can take several hours depending on the peppers and the size you cut them. If not drying quickly enough turn the oven back on until it reaches 175 and turn it off again.
If you have a gas oven with a pilot light inside you just need to turn on the light bulb and let the heat from the pilot do the job. Store dried peppers in glass jars and use as is in soups, stews, etc. Re-hydrate by soaking in water for recipes like omelets. I dry both sweet peppers and hot peppers from my garden and save a bundle in the winter when peppers are so expensive.
Can you freeze or can bell peppers?
By Joi from Knoxville, TN
I freeze bell peppers. Just seed them and chop them. I put mine up in quart bags and just take out the amount I need when I'm cooking.
I want to make vegetarian stuffed yellow peppers. I want to know if I can freeze them after I cook them? Will they taste the same? Thank you.
Can I refreeze bell pepper?
If the bell pepper has been frozen and then thawed, it probably won't freeze well a second time. I have frozen soups that were made from some frozen ingredients but they are usually mushier than the original soup.
I would like to know how to prepare green bell peppers for freezing. I would like to prepare whole peppers for stuffing. Do I have to blanche first, thaw then cook or can I just freeze, stuff and cook while frozen.
By Rovindell from Ellicott City, MD
I stuff my bell peppers with minute rice, pasta sauce, diced chicken breast, and shredded cheese.
How do you freeze bell peppers?
By Maria F
I clean and cut them up in 1" size pieces. Put in plastic bags and freeze. They only freeze well if used for cooking. I use them for my recipe "Stuffed Pepper soup" I have stuffed whole peppers and froze them also.
I do not know how to dry bell peppers, but I will tell you what I do. If I purchased more than I need at the time I just cut them up (red, yellow, and green), cut up an onion, and fry them with a little olive oil. Then I put them in freezer bag and freeze them. When I make an omelet I use them I also use them when I make chopped eggs.
By Macie4 from Walnut Creek, CA
I like to make stuffed peppers and then freeze them in a plastic container in the freezer. When I want to eat them I remove them from the frozen container and put them in a microwave dish but don't thaw them out. Microwave them for a great meal!
For peppers I won't use right away I just wash them, remove the seeds - chop them up and put them in a zip lock bag and pop them in the freezer. That's all - no blanching, etc. They go right from the freezer into the food I'm cooking - perfect.
I need to freeze some bell peppers so they don't go bad. Can I cook them after cutting them julienne style or do they need to be cooked first? I like to use them for fajitas and soups. Thanks.
By Janice E from Centerville, TN
No need to blanch any type of pepper; just cut and freeze. Be sure to pat dry and remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible to reduce freezer burn. It's the same for all types of onions too :-)
Can you freeze green peppers once you have cleaned and sliced them? If so, how long can you keep them?
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By Jennifer from SC
About a month ago, I bought a bag of sliced red peppers for $1.00 from a local restaurant food supply fruit market. I think it was about 3 pounds. I could not believe my luck. I rinsed them and put them in a bag in the freezer. I have been using them in my cooking with great results. If I ever see them again, I will buy them up!
How do I store bell peppers in the freezer?
By S H
Bell Peppers are an exotic rarity; a vegetable that can be frozen successfully without blanching. Just cut them up and put them in a plastic bag and in the freezer.
How do I freeze red and green bell sweet peppers?
By Don P.
My mother cuts them in half, cores them, puts them in a ziplock bag and tosses them in the freezer. As simple as that. We grow our own peppers and have them all year long with the freezing process. When you thaw them out they can be a bit soft but the still have their flavor.
You can also make stuffed peppers and freeze them pretty much the same way. Just cook you "stuffing", and after cutting and coring the pepper, stuff the fresh pepper and put the different halves in a box or some other container to keep them up right while they freeze. When you want stuffed peppers for dinner, bring them out, let them thaw and bake them.
How do I freeze green peppers?