How To Freeze Fresh Peppers
Freezing peppers is so easy
You can freeze all kinds of peppers -- and it's really easy to do.
I've frozen bell peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, habaneros, little Thai peppers, and sweet peppers. Here's how to do it.
How To Freeze Peppers
After you wash your peppers, prepare them as follows:
if bell peppers: remove the stem end, slice open and remove the inner membranes. Don't get too picky about this -- I usually use my hands to remove as much as I can easily tear away.
if jalapeno peppers: if you plan to cook with them and like the heat, all you have to do is slice off the stem, and freeze them whole. If the heat bothers you, then slice them down the middle longways, and remove the seeds and inner membranes.
if small peppers (like Thai peppers, or birdeye peppers) leave them whole.
Write the date and type of pepper on a quart freezer bag, then drop the peppers into it. Seal the bag carefully, removing as much air as possible, then pop them into the freezer.
I use my frozen peppers within about six - eight months.
In my opinion, freezing peppers is just about the easiest method in the world!
How to Thaw and Use Frozen Peppers
I remove as many peppers as I need from the bag. Rinse them in tap water -- you'll notice that they defrost really quickly. Slice or cut them for whatever dish you're making.
That's all there is to it.
Every year, when peppers are in season and I can buy them inexpensively, I stock up and put them into the freezer. This year I'm growing peppers (jalapenos) and I plan to put many of them into the freezer.