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Old 09-10-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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I have an overabundance of green (and red) bell peppers. If I cut them up into pieces and freeze them raw, will they be good to use in recipes later?

Advice appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Yes you can. They don't have to be blanched. I cut them up then freeze them on a cookie sheet. That allows me take out only what I need without thawing a block of solid peppers.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I slice them in long strips, then freeze them. I use the cookie sheet method like Maine Writer does. I freeze alot of veggies like that because they don't turn into a solid ball of veggies when you take them out to use.

I also dehydrate peppers to use in soups, meatloaf, etc.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:40 PM
 
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Yes, I just wash and dry them good, cut in pieces and remove all the little seeds. They freeze good. As previous poster mentioned no need to blanch. I use them in recipes throughout the winter. We had a good crop of bell peppers this year too.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I am so glad I can use them in the winter. They are so much more flavorful than the grocery store peppers.

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I also dehydrate peppers to use in soups, meatloaf, etc.
Can this be done in the oven or only with one of the kitchen dehydrator machines? I could have sun dried a few weeks ago, it was so hot!
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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I have a freezer full of green, bright red, and yellow bell peppers. To tell ya the truth, I have never frozen the pieces separately on a cookie sheet, and have never had a problem with them sticking together in a freezer bag. I bring them in straight from the garden, wash and dry them, then break them open getting rid of the tops, seeds and membranes, then break into large pieces and stuff into freezer bags. I also put them up whole in freezer bags, so I can have them stuffed in the winter.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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yes you can freeze practically any vegetable
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Thanks everyone. I am so glad I can use them in the winter. They are so much more flavorful than the grocery store peppers.

Can this be done in the oven or only with one of the kitchen dehydrator machines? I could have sun dried a few weeks ago, it was so hot!
I tried oven drying a few years ago with no luck, but I probably had the oven set too high. If you tried drying peppers at about 125 degrees, it might work. You can find dehydrators for as little as $40. I dehydrate alot of fruit and veggies. I found alot of good info here: Dehydrate2Store.com | Welcome - Educating and Helping Those Who Want To Learn About Dehydration
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:09 AM
 
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Yeah you can freeze them....
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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We bought a dehydrator yesterday for $20. They're on sale now since the season is over - or almost so. You can easily dry them on a cookie sheet in your car when it's really hot out. We dried basil and tomatoes like that this summer. Very, very cheap. The tomatoes took 2 days. I'm guessing the peppers would need 2 days also. Good luck!!
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