Freezing Bell Peppers

I was given a dozen large green bell peppers that I knew I would not be able to use them all up before their shelf life expired.  I decided to take eight of them and freeze them in small cooking batches.  Last month I was given sweet red peppers and yellow/orange peppers that I also froze.  When I was given these peppers many of the people at the food pantry didn’t know you could freeze them.  Receiving these peppers are a wonderful gift and making the most out of them for future meals are important.

There is a long learning curve to making meals when you are out of ideas and money.  I have said several times that growing up middle class doesn’t prepare you for difficult times.  You have to rethink all the possibilities of meal preparation.  Basically you have to learn how to cook from scratch and learn food preservation.  Do you throw out the bones  of a roasted chicken? No you soon learn left over chicken bones can be made into chicken bone broth and use the broth for soup. Chill and freeze it in a container.  Do you throw away small amounts of vegetables or meat left over from a meal that is not enough to serve again and let them linger in the refrigerator until they spoil?  No you soon learn that you can keep a baggie in the freezer to put those couple of tablespoons of corn, left over meat and other vegetables which you keep adding to in order to save for soup.  At the end of the month you can dig out the container of broth and bag of left over vegetables and make vegetable soup.  This is how you rethink meals.

Small batch food preservation is another way to rethink meals.  You can freeze and can in small batches to use in a few months.  If you thrift store shop or go to yard sales you can sometimes find canning jars very inexpensive.  I have had mine for many years. There are many videos on the internet that teaches all the techniques to make jams, and canning.  Right now it is tomato season where I live and the pantries have been distributing tomatoes.  I have had more then I could possible eat before they spoil.  So I have canned some juice and whole tomatoes.  I also put 4 packages of chopped tomatoes in the freezer for soup.  It just how you rethink food.

All I did was cut the peppers into the size of pieces I wanted and put them in a baggie.  I didn’t blanch them or lay them out on a tray to freeze. Haphazard Homemaker has a wonderful blog on how to do that here.  I didn’t have the space in my freezer for that. but I did freeze them in portion sizes using snack size baggies.  You just open up the frozen  package and put them in what you are cooking with out thawing.  For the finely chopped peppers, you can freeze in larger amount but just be sure not to over fill the bags and lay them out flat while freezing.  They should be thin enough when frozen that you can bang the sealed bag on the counter to brake apart some. Open and remove the amount you want. Reseal the bag and return it to the freezer.  You can use the chopped frozen peppers in salads without cooking them.  They taste fine in potato salad.  I use the peppers up rather quickly so I have no idea how long they will last in the freezer.  I have been freezing bell peppers like this for decades. This was something my mother did.

Webp.net-resizeimage (54) Frozen chopper red sweet peppers in quart bags. Freeze them flat so you can bang them on a counter to break them up to remove what you need. Return the rest to freezer.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! I learned a few new awesome tips!
    Thank you so much for the mention, too! 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Most of what I cook comes from the local food pantries in my area. I live on a very small fixed income. Today we were given green peppers and they were beautiful. I heard ladies turning down more then a few peppers so I spoke up and told them they could freeze them. Someone asked if they had to blanch them and I told them no. The director of the pantry was still trying to get people to take them and I told her about this blog. She is going to check it out and when the next scheduled food distribution and if she liked it she would announce and let me give out the link. So I hurried up and posted this as soon as I got home. I thought your written instructions would just add more to the quality of the post. I also want them to explore what we foodies write about.

      It bugs me sometimes when foodies decide to do a food stamp challenge, thinking that they can pass on tips and how to’s to help low budget households. It is much more then just budgeting and much more complicated. There is so much to learn to become self sufficient. There are many good tips from your bucket garden that is also why I included your link. There is so much to rethink. It is also hard work. On food day I end up worn out by the end of the day because of the food prep I do to make the most of what was in my box.

      Anyways I am done ranting. Thanks Robin for stopping in and for your great blog.

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      1. Thank you! I totally agree with you about being self-reliant. (((hugs)))

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  2. Oh my goodness I’m learning so much from your blog thank you

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You are so very welcome.

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  3. I freeze in batches as well. It is a great idea.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It certainly makes it easier to use when needed when they are in small packages. It don’t seem as much work when doing small batches at a time. Thanks for your comment. .

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  4. Thanks for the great idea! I picked about 3 quarts of green bell peppers before the frost but definitely I don’t want them to go bad in the fridge so I will freeze some. Mmm, I can taste the omelets now.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is hard to see them go to waste. They get expensive in the winter. Thank you for your comment.

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  5. Great tips here!! Thank you so much. I had no idea that you could freeze the bell peppers.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Yes, Bell peppers freeze really well and nice to have on hand for cooking and putting in salads. Sorry I am late with this. Thanks so much for your comment.

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