Question of the Day: Do Bell Peppers Freeze Well?
Quick Answer: Yes, bell peppers do freeze well.
Bell peppers are one of the easiest fruits or vegetables to freeze. You don’t even need to blanch them before freezing. You can core and freeze them whole or sliced as you please, and they will last in the freezer for up to eight months without losing any of their nutritional value.
The one drawback to freezing bell peppers is they can lose much of their crunch when thawed. Frozen bell peppers are best reserved for use in soups or similar cooked dishes.
To freeze bell peppers:
- Inspect your peppers and discard any with blemishes or signs of mold. You should throw away moldy peppers, but you can use ones that have soft spots after pairing them down.
- Use a pairing knife to remove the stems, pith, and seeds.
- Slice your peppers if you like.
- Spread your bell peppers out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer.
- Once frozen, place your peppers in airtight containers or bags leaving as little airspace as possible.
- Label and store your bell peppers in the coldest section of your freezer.