Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers

“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” – Julia Child

Currently, in my kitchen there is not a square inch of surface that is not covered with boxes of tomatoes or buckets of peppers. Not a bad problem to have, but a bit overwhelming at present. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Tim and I made the decision, when our first grandson was born, to be actively involved with our grandchildren on a regular basis. So, once a month our grandson Edison comes to the farm to spend the weekend. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. We love our visits and look forward to the time we get to spend with him. Did I mention Edison is 3 years old and completely all boy? Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. Thus, my dilemma with a kitchen full of tomatoes and peppers. Fortunately, Tim is a hands on grandpa and this will free up my time a bit to tackle freezing, roasting, and drying of the peppers. Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. One of the wonderful things about peppers is the ease in which they can be preserved. Peppers are in abundance at the end of summer and beginning of fall, and usually when you can find them at the market most reasonably priced. If you haven’t been able to grow them yourself they are well worth the money to preserve for later use. How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors.

Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers

Freezing – Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Use them in soups, stews and casseroles, or throw them in a stir fry or omelet. Freeze peppers in the amount needed for a single recipe or flash freeze to be removed by the handful as needed. If you have not had the opportunity to grow your own peppers this year, check out your nearby farmers market. Be sure to buy enough to last throughout the winter season. This way you will not have to buy peppers when they are at a premium price in the store this winter. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Roasting – Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. My favorite is a Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup. After roasting, cut the peppers in quarters, slice, chop, or dice them. Package in single use portions and freeze. When thawed, they can be used for any recipe that calls for roasted peppers. The consistency of the roasted pepper does not change after freezing.

Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. Drying –  Dehydrating peppers is simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. If you buy chili powder in the store you may not realize that chili powder is not the only ingredient. Several seasonings may be  mixed in with the chili powder, effectively diluting the real chili flavor. When dehydrating your own, you are in charge of what goes in your powder.   How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. I mixed Cayenne and Thai Chili’s this year with a bit of Sweet NuMex red pepper to make my own blend of chili powder. Delicious.  The farmers market is a great place to get chili’s in bulk and they are usually pretty reasonably priced.  If you want to make your own chili powder and can’t find any fresh, another option is to look in the Mexican food section in your grocery store.  There you will find bags of dried peppers at a reasonable price and this will enable you to make your own blend.

How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. Time to get get back to the energetic 3 year old.  He doesn’t really care much for the freezing, roasting and drying of peppers, but cookies, now that he understands.

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Comments

  1. Judy says

    The beginning of February here & I just last week went to Cash & Carry & came home with a bag of 6 meaty green bell peppers for a little over $2 & the same sized bag of red bell peppers for $4. Not bad for the middle of winter!
    I cut the meat into strips, then the strips into chunks, scoop them into zipper bags & toss them into the freezer. After they’re frozen they break apart just like a bag of frozen peas. I can just grab a handful or two & toss them into any recipe I choose. Works great.

    • says

      Wow, what a great price for Bell Peppers in the middle of winter. I agree, freezing bell peppers is so simple, and I have the added bonus of the work being already done when I am ready to use them in a recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. says

    sorry, got cut off; volunteer at a “giving garden” where I work; we’ve had some success and a lot of learning as we go. I look forward to reading your blogs in the future and will list your website on my FB page as a lot of my friends are turning “local” and healthy :). It was nice meeting you!

    • says

      Hi Karyn,
      So glad you found your way to my site. Would love to hear more about your “giving garden” and the work you do there. I imagine things are beginning to wind down a bit for the year, or is there a plan for a winter garden? I am getting ready to plant garlic, mustard and lettuce here at Pure Grace Farms. Glad to have bumped into you today at the store. It is always nice to connect with those close to home.

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