Whether it’s long, sweet romano peppers or your common bell pepper, all varieties of pepper add a sweet and juicy hit of flavour to a range of dishes from pasta sauces to summery salads. But is there a way you can have peppers ready-prepared for easy midweek meals? Can you freeze peppers? And do they freeze well? Let’s find out!
Freezing peppers is pretty straightforward thankfully. All you need is a bit of time, a chopping board, a baking tray and some freezer bags. If you’re going to spend time freezing peppers then don’t just freeze one or two – instead, process plenty in one go.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing peppers:
How to Freeze Peppers
As always with any vegetables, make sure you give them a good clean under running water and then pat them dry before you begin to look at freezing them.
- Once you’ve given your peppers a clean, discard any that have mould or have damage to the outside. By freezing, you won’t fix any problems so you’re better off freezing perfect peppers from the get-go.
- Now that you have perfect pepper, prepare them by cutting them in half and removing the seeds.
- You can now slice the peppers how you would normally cut them up.
- You now need to flash freeze them. Simply spread them out on a baking tray, ensuring none of the slices are touching.
- Place in the freezer for a couple of hours until your pepper slices are frozen solid.
- You can then remove the tray from the freezer and tip the frozen slices into a bag and return to the freezer.
This method will work for any peppers cut into any sizes whether you like really thin strings, chunks or rings.
How Long Can You Freeze Peppers?
Like most frozen products, the longer you leave them in the freezer, the greater the risk of freezer burn. This will affect the texture and flavour. It can also lead to some of the nutrients being lost. That’s why, with peppers, we recommend using them within 6 months.
The good news is that they’ll be perfectly safe to consume beyond this but they might not be quite as sweet and the texture may degrade.
You Can Freeze Peppers for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Peppers?
If you’re cooking your peppers in a sauce or stirfry then you can use them straight from the freezer with no thawing. Just place into your pot over a low heat to give them time to thaw without burning the outside.
If, however, you want to use your peppers in a salad or cold dish then you’ll need to allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge.
Do Peppers Freeze Well?
Yes and no… Unfortunately, frozen peppers can lose some of the crisp texture you’ll love them for. That does mean when using frozen peppers in a cold dish such as a salad, there can be a noticeable difference in texture.
The good news, however, is that this not noticeable when using peppers in a cooked dish. When it comes to cooked dishes, you’ll struggle to tell the difference between fresh and frozen peppers.
Other Questions about Peppers
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to peppers – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about peppers then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Do I Need to Blanch Peppers Before Freezing?
If you know you’ll be cooking the peppers at a later date then you can blanch them. It has been proven to help vegetables retain their colour and flavour. However, it’s not essential.
Can You Freeze Padron Peppers?
You certainly can. Generally, you’ll cook Padron peppers whole so we would advise also freezing them whole. You can simply flash freeze them whole and then, when frozen, store them in a freezer bag.
Can You Freeze Stuffed Peppers?
You can freeze stuffed pepper but there’s a better approach you can take. Instead, slice the top off your peppers, scoop the seeds out and then freeze them with no filling. When you’re ready to make your stuffed pepper, just making the filling then fill the pepper (still frozen) with your stuffing then bake. You don’t need to thaw your peppers.
This is a far superior way to freezing stuffed peppers.