Freezing Bell Peppers

by Lynn

Freezing Bell Peppers (or any peppers for that matter) may seem like an “old school” thing to do for some, but it’s really not.

So why freeze Bell Peppers?

Freezing them ensures that they will not go bad sitting on your countertop or your fridge if you are not going to use them up right away. Plus, you have them when you need them.

Here in Alaska, we have the peak growing season like anywhere else in the country. Our growing season is just shorter.

If you do not grow your own, you can purchase from a local farmer’s market, or at the local grocery store. The produce that is shipped to Alaska, tends to have a shorter shelf life in the local stores than that of the lower 48. This is where freezing, canning, or dehydrating as many things as we can is important to us, regardless of how the Bell Peppers end up in the kitchen.

This is important to me. I always like to be prepared.

Who Can Start Freezing Bell Peppers?

It does not matter if you live in the city, country, or in the middle of nowhere. Anyone can do this. As long as you have the peppers, that is!

I personally like to do this for two reasons:

One, we can shop locally and just buy more and stock up when they are on sale. The same will be true once we have our own garden again.

Two, when you live a good way out as we do, there is no “running to the store real fast” for anything. When I do run low I can just add it to the list instead of having to stop what I am doing to make a trip to our local store that may or may not have any in stock right then.

Whether you live in the city, or the country, you can do this!

Instructions

Rinse and dry the peppers.

Remove the top of the peppers.

Core them, and remove the seeds.

Slice the peppers into strips (or however you prefer).

Scatter the slices out on a baking sheet so they are not touching. If they do touch, it will be okay! Don’t stress over the small stuff!

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Bell Peppers are ready for the freezer.

Place them in the freezer for an hour or so until they are frozen. I like to set a timer so I don’t get busy with something else and forget about them.

freezing bell peppers
Ready for the Zip Lock bags.

Label and date your zip-lock bag(s).

Once frozen, remove them from the freezer and place the frozen peppers into zip lock bags getting as much air out as you can before sealing them shut. You can mix them all together, or, separate them by color. That choice is completely up to you!

Put the bag(s) of peppers in the freezer and use them as needed.

When you do get some out to use, get out what you need and put the bag back in the freezer. They tend to thaw quickly.

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Bell Peppers in the Zip Lock bag and ready for the freezer again.

The peppers will not be as crisp once they are thawed. But, they are great for cooking!

Speaking of cooking, I toss them right into a hot pan with some butter if I am sautéing them, or right into the soup, if that is what I am cooking up. I do not let them thaw unless of course I have gotten distracted with something else ha-ha!

Freezing bell peppers is a really simple thing to do, and a time saver when you are in the kitchen.

Another plus side to this is, they are already sliced when you need them!

freezing bell peppers

Freezing Bell Peppers

Just another way of preserving Bell Peppers for later use.

Ingredients

  • Bell Peppers of your choice

Instructions

    Rinse and dry Bell Peppers.

    Remove the top of the peppers.

    Core, and remove the seeds.

    Slice peppers into strips (or however you prefer).

    Scatter the slices out on a baking sheet so they are not touching.

    Place peppers in the freezer for an hour or so until firm.

    Label your bag(s).

    Once frozen, remove from the freezer and place the frozen peppers into zip lock bags getting as much air out as you can before sealing them shut.

    Put the bag(s) of peppers in the freezer and use as needed.

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