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Old 02-05-2019, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I created a raised bed in the back of my house here in Tucson and I'm not sure what to put in there yet. I was thinking a variety of hot peppers, but can you freeze them for later. I was also thinking of garlic.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:16 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yes. I still have chili peppers from 3 years ago that I use and they are as hot as they ever were.
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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I created a raised bed in the back of my house here in Tucson and I'm not sure what to put in there yet. I was thinking a variety of hot peppers, but can you freeze them for later. I was also thinking of garlic.
Technically, you can but there will be a texture change. A better option is to dry/dehydrate the peppers. You can use a dehydrator or a regular household oven.


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Old 02-05-2019, 10:40 PM
 
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Freeze ‘em? You bet!

Several years ago, we had an overly bountiful harvest of some small chili peppers in our greenhouse. That weren’t suposed to be more than a medium heat. But for whatever reason ... I think they were cross pollinated with another, hotter pepper ... they came out like a very hot Thai pepper we’ve grown. Almost habanero hot! We froze a few quart bags of them and thaw a pepper now and then. They’re still outrageously hot in stews and soups.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Yes. I never have luck growing peppers, but when they're on sale I buy a bunch of them and if I'm too lazy to roast them, I just throw them whole in the freezer, then take out what I want and chop them up. If you chop them while they're still frozen or mostly frozen, it's a lot easier than after they thaw out, because they won't be crisp anymore. They're fine for adding to soup or taco filling or chili, etc., where it doesn't matter if they're crisp.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:27 AM
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Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Peppers freeze fine, but I think dehydrating them is a better idea - no energy required, and uses much less storage space.

You don't need a dehydrator or an oven - although you certainly can use them.

Do what they do in the southwest - make a ristra - https://pallensmith.com/2016/09/26/dry-peppers-ristras/
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:01 AM
 
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We freeze chopped on trays lined with wax paper then moved the peppers to zip bags. No frozen clumps.
We dehydrate and store them in canning jars. Keeps the pantry from smelling like someone used pepper spray.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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I have also froze habaneros by blending in a food processor then putting them into little baggies. I then sort of chip off of the frozen pieces for use in salsas, soups, etc. But I think I like the other ideas here
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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We freeze them all the time. Both, whole and sliced
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I freeze all kinds of peppers at the end of summer. I dice or cut in strips, freeze on a baking tray with wax paper (as said above) and move into ziplocs. I also freeze stuffed peppers. They cook a bit faster, but they still taste better than the ones I get in a store in the winter months.
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