Last September when fresh local Green Peppers were available to purchase at roadside stands or in the grocery stores, I did not purchase any to freeze. Every year I do, but it just never happened. Oh, did I ever miss them this past winter whenever a recipe called for chopped Green Pepper! I always like to freeze the pepper strips and use them in entrees whenever that veggie is an ingredient in a recipe. No, I don't like to purchase that veggie in the cold winter months. They just never look that good in the grocery stores. Because I did not have them, it seemed that I needed them! Well, this past week I took some action! The first 5 Green Peppers were purchased/ prepped and found their way into our freezer. Three days later 5 more were purchased and 5 more little bags of pepper strips were prepped and frozen.
It's quite a simple process. After cutting the Peppers into strips, the strips are placed in sandwich bags and then in a large freezer bag. Whenever one package is needed, it is at my fingertips.
* * * For me 1 fresh Green Pepper = 1 little sandwich bag of ready to use Green Pepper strips.
Freezing Green Pepper Strips
- The Green Peppers are rinsed under cool running water.
- Then, dried.
- Using a cutting board, the tops are cut off and discarded.
- Then, cut the Green Peppers into large pieces. Discard seeds and inner pulp.
- Cut the large pieces into strips.
- Place Pepper strips into sandwich bags and close.
- The filled/ closed bags are placed in a Gallon sized freezer bag, labelled and sealed.
- Store in the freezer.