Would you like to know the tips to make your cooking easy? Of course, we all use bell peppers in our favorite recipes. But, often we come across a question; how to freeze bell peppers? In this article, we will discuss some easy steps to effectively freeze them.
Pepper is a must-have ingredient in almost every recipe be it salsa, stew, or stir fry. The most common pepper, bell pepper, is named after its bell shape. It is available in different colors as purple, yellow, orange, red, brown, and green. Bell peppers are high in nutrition and low in calories.
Freezing bell pepper is a simple process. You don’t need to simmer the peppers first. Follow the steps below to freeze them with ease:
Step 1: Cutting
Choose the tender and crisp peppers and wash them well. Take a sharp knife. Cut off the tops of the bell pepper, and scope out all the seeds and stems from inside.
Slice the peppers into dice or thin strips, as you prefer. The diced pieces are best for omelets, whereas thin bell pepper strips are perfect for stir fry fajitas and so on.
Step 2: Tray-Freezing
Dry the peppers with a paper towel. Place the bell peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them for an hour. It is a tray-freezing method and a start of a freezing process.
Step 3: Freez Them
Now it is time to transfer bell peppers in the air-tight container or freezer bag. Squeeze the air out as much as you can. Seal the pack and store it in the freezer. You can use them as per your need.
- Wash the hot peppers gently with running cold water
- If you want to cut or chop hot peppers, you can. But it is not necessary to do that before freezing
- Do the tray-freezing method for one hour
- After that, seal them in a package and freeze them for later use
You don’t need to defrost the bell peppers before adding them to a recipe. Instead, you can just cut them and use the frozen pieces in the recipe.
- Amount: Per Serving
- Calories: 18kcal
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Protein: 1g
- Fat: 1g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
- Sodium: 2mg
- Potassium: 126mg
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 3g
- Vitamin A: 1863IU
- Vitamin C: 76mg
- Calcium: 4mg
- Iron: 1mg
Tips to Store Bell Peppers Perfectly
- If you want to freeze, select the fresh and shiny bell peppers
- Always wash them thoroughly before the freezing process
- Use the frozen bell peppers within 5-6 months
- The temperature of your freezer should be at 0 degrees
- You can use frozen bell peppers in your favorite recipes. They give the same fresh and delicious taste as fresh ones
- You can also freeze the whole bell pepper. Slice off the top and scope out the seeds. Then put it back on and freeze them. But whole pepper takes more space than sliced or diced bell peppers
- You can use a zip-top plastic bag, air-tight container, and reusable silicone stasher bags for storing bell peppers.
- Wear gloves while cutting or handling hot peppers, and do not directly touch your face and eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly before that.
Here we will tell you three main reasons to store bell pepper.
- Avoid Food Waste: What to do with too many bell peppers? It is a common question when you buy more than your need. Freezing is the best option to avoid food waste. You can make it utilized for later use.
- Save Money: You can find bell pepper on sale from time to time. It is good to buy them on sale and freeze them.
- Save Your Time: You can make your cooking simple and convenient with the frozen sliced or chopped bell pepper. It is a perfect option to save time when you have a busy day.
- Health Benefits: Bell peppers have many health benefits. They are rich in healthy antioxidants. In addition, they can improve eye health and reduce the risk of anemia. (Healthline).
How to Cook Frozen Bell Peppers?
After taking it out from the freezer, lay the frozen bell pepper on a paper towel to dry excess moisture. Then put the bell peppers into the pan and stir. They will not take long to cook.
How Long Can You Freeze Bell Peppers?
You can freeze the bell peppers in the freezer for eight to ten months. But if you want to enjoy the freshness and quality of bell peppers, use them before six months.
We hope with this mini-guide, you will get the answer of, “how to freeze bell pepper?” The accurate method will keep your bell peppers fresh and crispy.
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