How to Freeze Bell Peppers

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Yes, you can freeze bell peppers and save them for your favorite recipes! It's easy to freeze peppers from your garden or the store with these tips.

red, yellow, green bell pepper on wood table

This year, for the first time ever, my garden produced more bell peppers than we could eat. Great problem, right? But it didn't take long for the family to go on strike and refuse to eat them.

I didn't want my precious peppers to go to waste, so I decided to freeze them for use in chili, fajitas, soups, and other dishes that I can't imagine making in the August heat.

green bell pepper plant

Bell peppers are an "easy freeze" vegetable, which means you don't have to blanch them before freezing. Other veggies that you can easy freeze include corn, green beans, onions, and garlic.

You can freeze any color of bell pepper--green, orange, red, yellow, or purple. (By the way, if you haven't tried purple peppers you should definitely grow Purple Beauty.)

red, yellow, orange bell pepper on wood

How to Freeze Bell Peppers

Wash your peppers (DIY vegetable wash, #7 on this list, is the easiest way) and place them upside down on the cutting board. Cut almost all the way through and then crack the sides apart.

bell pepper cut in half

This makes it easy to get the core and seeds out, with very little waste. Don't throw those tops and seeds away! Save them for your compost pile.

top of a bell pepper

Use a spoon to scrape the ribs off the inside. Repeat until all your peppers are prepped.

spoon scraping ribs off green pepper

Cut them up in whatever fashion you'd like. I chose strips since I can use them for fajitas, or chop them up smaller if needed.

bell pepper cut into strips

Don't just dump them in a ziplok! If you do that now, they'll freeze in a giant lump. We're going to flash freeze them, so lay them all out on a cookie sheet or baking rack (which makes the freezing go faster). They can touch a bit, but don't pile them up.

strips of green pepper on cooling rack

Tuck your pepper strips into the freezer. Unlike me, you should measure the rack first to be sure it fits. (Reminder: move the multiple containers of ice cream before taking another picture.)

pepper strips in freezer

After an hour or two, they'll be frozen solid. There are a couple of ways to test this: look for ice crystals on the cut edges, or accidentally drop one and watch it shatter all over your clean floor. I suggest option #1.

frozen pepper strips

Now you can put them in your labeled freezer bag. Before you stash your peppers in the freezer, make sure you've pulled all the air out of the bag to prevent freezer burn. Slip a straw in one edge of the bag, and zip it shut right up to the straw.

Suck the air out while your husband takes pictures and makes "I didn't inhale!" jokes. Try not to laugh and fill the bag back up full of air.

woman sucking air out of ziplok

How easy is that? Now you're ready to stash your peppers in the freezer for your favorite recipes. Won't it be great to have them when peppers are $3.69 a pound this winter? 

How will you use your frozen peppers?

red, yellow, green peppers on wood table

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4 Comments

  1. Joann on June 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    I have had extra green peppers every year but never tried to freeze but now I will try. Thank you

    • Becki on September 2, 2021 at 11:31 am

      I freeze on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat. When frozen, I roll up the mat and use it like a funnel. So very easy!

      • Pam on September 3, 2021 at 8:38 pm

        Great idea!

  2. Lauren on November 1, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Hi Pam, thanks for the great tips! I am always looking for ways to preserve the harvest from my garden each year! I will be trying this next summer

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