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How To Freeze Fresh Peppers

Updated on January 10, 2012
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Buster began cooking as a wee pup by watching his mother fix the kibble. He was hooked. He loves preparing—and writing about—food.

Incredible 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.



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    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      3 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Jamie,

      Peppers become very soft if they're canned. I always use the freezer method. Once you try it, you'll see why. You can take them out (still frozen) run tap water over them and in 30 seconds you can chop them to use when cooking.

      Thank for reading, and taking the time to write to me.


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      3 years ago

      Quick question! Can you use the same canning method you use for tomatoes on peppers?

      "Turning them upside down" or do they require a water bath?

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      8 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Peggy,

      Yes, I bought bell peppers on sale yesterday, and plan to put them up in the freezer today.

      Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

      Best regards,


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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good thing to do when produce is in abundance and inexpensively secured either from one's garden or grocery stores. Thanks for the tips!

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      8 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Homestead,

      Frozen peppers are to be used for cooking. The texture (after freezing) isn't ideal for eating.

      Once defrosted, they will slice 'n dice like a fresh pepper, and the flavor they lend to dishes is exactly like fresh peppers.

      I hope this helps!

      Best regards,


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      8 years ago

      Buster, what about the texture of the thawed peppers? Can you describe it (esp the green peppers)?

    • Buster Bucks profile imageAUTHOR

      Buster Bucks 

      8 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Poetvix,

      You're going to love the ease of having frozen peppers for cooking!

      Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

      Best regards,


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      8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I had no idea these would keep so long in the freezer with so little effort. Great info.


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