Sunday, August 15, 2010
Ten Large Peppers
After these 10 large green peppers were placed on my countertop the song/book "Five Little Pumpkins" quickly came to mind. It's the song that young children learn during the month of October. For younger tots there is even a board book or two containing the cute verse and illustrations with bright colors depicting the adventure of the bright orange pumpkins.
However, the bright green peppers on my counter would take the journey into my freezer. During the month of August the local roadside stands sell and home gardeners grow nutritious, delicious green peppers. It is at this time period each summer I purchase, prepare and then freeze these veggies after they have been cut into strips. Later in the year and into 2011 whenever I want to add green peppers while preparing a main dish, I'll reach into my freezer and voila, they will be ready to use. Sweet!
The process I follow is easy. The peppers are washed in cold water and dried. Then, each pepper is cut into strips. I place a handful of the cut strips into sandwich bags (that fold). Then, each sandwich bag is closed, rolled and placed into a gallon sized Ziploc Freezer Bag. For me, about 7-8 sandwich bags of pepper strips fit in one Ziploc Bag. After labeling & dating the Ziploc Bags, they are stored in my freezer.
These veggies are now ready to be added to my slow cooker or into any main dish that I will be preparing when the local fresh green peppers are not in season any longer. In the winter there is no walking past imported green peppers in my grocery store - wishing for our local summer crop. They are waiting in my freezer!
Do you freeze pepper strips when the green peppers are in season? Do you like to stash veggies away for the colder months?
We enjoy them!