lovejoy
 
Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 01:40 am
can you freeze bell peppers?

I asked my granddaughter to get me a packet of bell peppers from netto they have always been in threes but this moron who runs this store has changed policy and they now come in bags of twenty.

As if anyone is going to want twenty peppers ******* half wit store
 
dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 02:15 am
Doubt they will freeze well.

Bell peppers have a large cell structure full of water. When frozen this water will expand and damage the cells resulting in limp brown peppers.

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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 04:44 am
@lovejoy,
Theres a big seed cavity in a bell pepper but they are mostly air inside. My mom used to freeze em after cutting out the seed pod and then blanching them in boiling water for a minute or so. Otherwise they will probably just get mushy when defrosted.
Im not really sure cause I hate green peppers, We usually let em ripen so they get sweet. Mrs F will cut em into strips after blanching and then freeze the strips in usable size packets. (We will use the red ripe bells in sauces and as pimento substitutes.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 12:11 pm
@lovejoy,
Bell peppers freeze beautifully, but they will not be crunchy when you use them. They are best reserved for stir fries, soups and chili type dishes. I don't bother to blanch but it does remove any possible bacteria. I just slice the peppers open, remove the seeds and cut the flesh into squares or strips. I put single portion amounts into zip lock freezer bags, press to remove any air, and throw them in the freezer. If you freezer a lot of veggies, like I do, I suggest putting a date on the bag.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 12:20 pm
@lovejoy,
i regularly freeze a sweet onion pepper mix, buy the multi colour peppers and a large sweet onion, chop every thing in to nice manageable bits, put in zip top freezer bag and use amounts as needed for soups, stir fry, omelets
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 2 Feb, 2009 11:34 pm
I buy a dozen yellow and orange (don't like the green ones) bell peppers when they are in season and freeze them without any problems. I remove the core and seeds and then cut them into 1/2 inch wide slices. Then, lay them out on a cookie sheet and store in freezer overnight. Remove and divide them into portion sizes before returning to the freezer.. I store them in a plastic storage container which is then placed inside a plastic freezer bag to minimize freezer burn. Pre-freezing them before storing in the container prevents them from becoming a big lump of frozen peppers.

I use the frozen pepper strips in pasta sauces, soups, beans, eggs and many other dishes.

If prepared and stored properly, it sounds like you've now got enough to last all year until they are in season again, you lucky gal!
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Tue 3 Feb, 2009 02:52 am
Google to the rescue. Short answer: yes.
http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/ciqpeppers.shtml
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akash2008
 
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Reply Tue 3 Feb, 2009 11:06 am
Then, lay them out on a cookie sheet and store in freezer overnight. Remove and divide them into portion sizes before returning to the freezer..
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thailen
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 08:51 pm
@lovejoy,
Where do I ask about freezing bread?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 09:20 pm
@thailen,
Thailen, check out this topic about freezing bread. If you don't find the info you need, ask there.

http://able2know.org/topic/159850-1
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