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Old 09-01-2017, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Hi,

I got a good deal (well, I'm in Canada, so there's no such thing as good food deals) on a package of peppers. There are six of them (two yellow, two orange, two red -- not that the color matters, I just wanted to share the colorful experience with you ).

Anyway. I'm going to veg-stuff them. The filling will be rice, mushrooms (I sauteed a ton of them tonight), lentils, black beans, and some fresh Parmesan cheese.

I've frozen stuffed peppers before and they were good after they were thawed and baked -- but those were stuffed with rice, cheese, and MEAT. The ones that I'm making are vegetarian.

I've frozen mushrooms before when I've made roast with mushrooms in the crock pot.

So I'm left with two questions:

1. Can I freeze these veg-stuffed peppers and then thaw 'em and bake 'em as I want 'em?
2. If the answer to the first question is "yes!," should I bake them first, freeze, and then thaw/re-bake after? Or just assemble them, freeze them, and then -- when I want one -- thaw and first-bake?

Thanks!
Dawn
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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You will get much better result and taste if you first bake them, then freeze.
But you can do it both ways. However, it's recommended that your stuffing is fully cooked.
Now, when you freeze cooked meal, you will save on reheating time. If you freeze raw peppers, it will take longer, till your meal hit the plate...
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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^^ Excellent!!! I'll bake them first, then freeze. Thank you so much!!!
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:10 PM
 
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Aren't these colorful bell peppers fruits? I wouldn't dream of freezing them.
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Old 09-02-2017, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Aren't these colorful bell peppers fruits? I wouldn't dream of freezing them.
Uh... yeah... okay... the fruit thing... Anyone here ever freeze peaches, or apples, or cherries, or tomatoes????
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Old 09-02-2017, 03:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ sure. No problem with that!
The only thing that I find is hard to freeze are potatoes.
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Old 09-02-2017, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Aren't these colorful bell peppers fruits? I wouldn't dream of freezing them.
"Botanically speaking, bell peppers are fruit, although they are considered vegetables in culinary contexts."

Whatever you want to call them -- fruits or vegetables -- they're being stuffed with rice, mushrooms, beans, and lentils... and I can't eat six of them before they rot. So they will be frozen.
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:18 AM
 
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"Botanically speaking, bell peppers are fruit, although they are considered vegetables in culinary contexts."

Whatever you want to call them -- fruits or vegetables -- they're being stuffed with rice, mushrooms, beans, and lentils... and I can't eat six of them before they rot. So they will be frozen.
Six would be too many but stuffed peppers are nice...

When we get a deal on nice peppers (as recently at a local farm) we make a batch of sausage, peppers, onions and tomatoes...with seasonings and a touch of Marsala...served with a nice Italian loaf. It's a seasonal favorite here.
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Six would be too many but stuffed peppers are nice...

When we get a deal on nice peppers (as recently at a local farm) we make a batch of sausage, peppers, onions and tomatoes...with seasonings and a touch of Marsala...served with a nice Italian loaf. It's a seasonal favorite here.
Oh yum to the bolded part! Yum, yum, yum!!! I might have to go back to the store for more peppers. And sausage, and onions, and...

You made me crave...
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Old 09-02-2017, 06:45 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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They'll be mushy after freezing, but will taste ok. Maybe dump some cheese or tomato sauce over them the second time?
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