Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Freezing Green Peppers Strips

History is fascinating and the state where I live is filled with the early history of our glorious country!  Last week my DH & I spent a few days at one of our fave places - the Cape (Cape Cod).  After the torrential downpours on the east coast, the Cape did not offer sunny beach weather, rather overcast skies.  That is the perfect time to enjoy a bit of history.  Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is beautiful and also filled with history.  As school children we all learned that in 1620 the Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower and settled in Plymouth, MA.  Quite often we do not realize that their journey was not a direct route to Plymouth.

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Photo Taken at Coast Guard Beach

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Photo Taken at Coast Guard Beach
There's always time for a little Culture and for a little History!
There's also always time to purchase local produce to store for the colder months.  Slices of Green Peppers can be stored so easily.  Now in September, the local fresh vegetables are still found at roadside stands or in the grocery stores.  It's the perfect time to purchase these fresh firm veggies, prep & freeze them in strips. 

The process is very simple!  First, the Green Peppers are washed in cool water and dried.  Then, cut each pepper into strips.  Discard seeds and tops.  For me, one handful is placed in a plastic sandwich bag.  Then, the sandwich bags are closed and placed in a Ziploc Freezer bag, labelled and placed in the freezer. 

In the colder months whenever a recipe calls for Green Pepper, the frozen strips are at my fingertips.  They defrost quickly.  No need to purchase the costly vegetable that is out of season.  The 6 Green Peppers that were purchased today are waiting in my fridge.  Tomorrow, they will be prepped & packed away to join the other two Ziploc Freezer bags filled with locally grown Green Pepper strips.  WooHoo!



Rita said...

What a great tip; I have never done this before but....Thanks JG.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Great idea, I have frozen poblano's but never thought to freeze the bell peppers.

AK Mom said...

Wonderful tip! I love green peppers, but never thought to freeze them. Thanks!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I always complain in the winter about how costly peppers are and now I can freeze my own! I didn't realize that it is so easy to do. Thanks for an excellent tip.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great idea to freze them. We call them capsicums and use them a lot here. I will have to put a stash int he freezer.

JG said...

Rita- It's very easy!

Carol- Great to reach into my freezer and pop open the large Freezer bag to remove whatever needed.

AK Mom- Green Peppers are so tasty!

Cathy- In the winter when I walk past the peppers in my local produce dept. I now smile and keep walking. :)

A Spoonful of Sugar- You'll enjoy your stash! I didn't know they had another name in Australia.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for a very interesting post. I have never freezed green peppers before either but I will certainly try it. Thanks for all the great tips you give us. I wonder if chili peppers can also be frozen this way?

JG said...

Carol- I've never frozen the chili peppers, but I see that Carol, There's Always Thyme to Cook, in an earlier comment, shared that she freezes the poblano peppers.

From what I've read if you cut hot chili peppers and then freeze them, the oils get on your hands, so wash hands well after prepping the hot peppers. I've never worked with hot peppers.