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Can You Freeze Red and Green Bell Peppers?

Red, yellow and green peppers add a great punch of flavor and color to cooked dishes as well as salads.

Raw, roasted, stuffed, or sauteed, bell peppers can be used in stir-fry, an omelet, quiche, stew, casserole, soup, curry, salsa, savory rice, and so much more. 

During harvest season, peppers are very affordable. Whether you are growing your own, or buying in bulk to make use of seasonal savings, you may want to consider freezing excess peppers before they go bad.

This way, you won’t only save on food waste and money, but you will also have peppers ready to spruce up a dish or sauce without needing to do any further preparation.

Below you will find out exactly how to go about freezing bell peppers for the best preservation of these vibrant veggies.

Types of Bell Peppers

Although botanically classified as a fruit, bell peppers are generally used as a vegetable.

Bell peppers, also known as capsicum or sweet peppers, are commonly available in green, red, yellow, and orange varieties and are the only members of the Capsicum family that do not have a hot or spicy flavor. 

These somewhat sweet peppers have a thin waxy outer skin, crunchy vibrant flesh, and a hollow cavity with small white seeds.  

Fresh green, red, yellow, or orange peppers are popularly used sliced or diced in salads. They can also be stuffed and roasted or baked whole. In cooked dishes, peppers are used to add flavor and color across a variety of cuisines.


Can Bell Peppers Be Frozen?

Yes, peppers can be frozen to prolong their shelf life. Once cut, peppers don’t last very long and that makes freezing the ideal solution to saving your precious produce.

Peppers will lose their crunchy texture on freezing, however, the flavor remains unchanged making frozen peppers ideal for use in cooked dishes.

When freezing peppers, it is important to keep them at a consistent frozen temperature to prevent the formation of ice crystals which will ruin the pepper’s integrity.

The peppers also need to be protected from excess moisture and contact with air to preserve their quality and prevent freezer burn.

Only freeze peppers that are fresh and in a good condition. Peppers that have started to shrivel or show signs of spoiling should be used immediately or discarded and will not freeze well.


How To Freeze Peppers

Step 1: Sort and Wash

Sort through the green peppers, red peppers and yellow peppers, choosing only the healthy, firm ones to freeze. Wash the peppers well and dry them with a clean kitchen towel to remove any excess moisture.

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Step 2: Deseed and Chop

Core the peppers, removing the stalk. Cut the pepper in half and remove the interior seeds and membrane. Cut the peppers into strips, rounds, or small cubes depending on how you want to use them.

Step 3: Flash Freeze

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread the pepper pieces on the baking sheet in a single layer. Place it in the freezer until just frozen.

This prevents the pieces from sticking together and freezing in one large clump, allowing you to remove only as much as you need from the freezer at any given time.

Alternatively, you can roast the peppers with garlic and seasonings, blend them, and freeze the puree in a silicone ice cube or muffin tray. Again, pop the tray into the freezer just until frozen to form blocks for adding to stews, soups, and sauces.

Step 4: Pack

Remove the frozen pepper slices or blended cubes from the freezer and pack them into resealable freezer bags ensuring they do not have time to thaw or stick together. Press out all the remaining air from the freezer bag and seal.

Step 5: Label and Freeze

Label the freezer bag with the date and freeze.


How To Thaw Frozen Bell Peppers

Pepper cubes can be added from frozen to soups, casseroles, stews, and sauces as a great flavor enhancer. Frozen strips can also be added to stir-fry, curries, and other cooked dishes without thawing as it will defrost quickly once warmed.

You can also freeze and reheat stuffed peppers.


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Conclusion

Chopped, blended, whole, or stuffed, green peppers can be used in so many different ways—from quiches, salads, and salsa to casseroles and curry.

Growing your own peppers can leave you with a bag full when all you really need is one pepper. Freezing is a fantastic way to preserve these bright and flavorful fruits, and to have them ready prepped for a convenient addition to any meal.

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