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Freezing Peppers

Keep enjoying the garden fresh flavor of sweet peppers throughout the winter. A quick freeze will preserve the flavor for months to come. 

Always use crisp fresh peppers for best results. Wash, remove the stem and cut the peppers in half. Use the tip of a spoon or melon baller to more easily remove the seeds and membrane.

Cut into strips, slices or dice and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet with sides. Set in the freezer for about an hour. Then store in airtight containers for up to 8 months.

Or roast first, then freeze.

Hot peppers are even easier. Just be sure to wear gloves and avoid touching your face when handling these fiery vegetables.

Wash and remove the stems of blemish free hot peppers. Place in airtight bags or containers and place in the freezer. No need to slice and dice before freezing.

A bit more information:  Peppers can also be sundried, air-dried or processed in a home dehydrator. Store the dried peppers in air-tight containers in a cool dark place. Add dried or powdered peppers in recipes or rehydrate before adding to casseroles. For more preservation tips, read the University of California publication Peppers, Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.

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