Freezer Cooking: Bell Peppers


Looking for ways to cut back your grocery bill? One simple way, if you like bell peppers that is, is to freeze your peppers.  The process is really easy and it will not only save you some money, but also some prep time in the kitchen.

This process is good for peppers grown in a garden or bought from the store.  If you don’t garden, which is a great way to save money on peppers, you can still save money by purchasing a lot when you find them on sale.

I’m very lucky to have a dad who grows peppers for his daughters to eat and cook with!  He doesn’t even like them but does all the work for us!  We’ve honestly saved a lot just by having him grow peppers and then freezing them to use throughout the year.

Game Plan:

1. Clean peppers.

freeze bell peppers

2. Slice or dice the peppers.

I usually do a little of both.  The sliced peppers I like to use in stir-frys and fajitas.  The diced peppers I like to use in casseroles and soups.

freeze green bell peppers

I sliced mine this time to use for fajitas

3. Spread out peppers onto a cookie sheet or in a baking pan.

Make sure there are no clumps otherwise the peppers will stick together.  I like to use pans because it prevents the peppers from sliding off if I have to tip them to get them into the freezer.  I also line the pan with saran wrap (could use foil or wax paper also) to make for easy clean up and to also keep the smell of green peppers being absorbed by the pan.

freeze green bell peppers

I lined the pan with saran wrap for easy cleanup

4. Stick them in the freezer for 30 minutes on the cookie sheet.

This method is called flash freezing.  You flash freeze the peppers so it is easier to grab out the amount you want for a recipe.

5. Dump the peppers into a freezer bag and label it with the day’s date.

Bell peppers will retain their quality for eight months if they are stored in a deep freeze at 0°F or below.

freeze green bell peppers

You can also save time and money by freezing onions.

What other vegetables do you freeze?

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