Peppers can be seen in different types of dishes in all cuisines all over the world. Some are served as garnishes, and some are made into sauces as part of the meal or dish. What’s so special about peppers?
Actually, peppers are quite commonly known for their nutritional and other benefits. All varieties contain rich nutrition in low calories. They are the excellent sources of vitamins C and A and other nutritional components like β-carotene, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and much more. Besides, spiciness adds more satisfaction to the dishes, especially the bland food. There are many types of pepper varieties in all sizes and colors. Some are spicy in many different sizes, while some are sweet in various shapes and sizes.
You can keep them fresh in a freezer or refrigerator or dry them up for the special spicy taste.
Why Do We Freeze Bell Peppers?
Besides the nutritional and other benefits and added flavor, the addition of pepper to a dish can be a garnish to present it overall by visual appeal. You can easily find all types of peppers in green, red, orange, yellow in grocery markets or stores. Their prices vary depending on varieties.
Bell peppers are the most common varieties used for daily cooking recipes. There are many different ways to cook bell peppers, such as stir-fried, stewed, roasted, baked, or stuffed, and more.
Peppers are tropical plants. Although peppers are available in the grocery market all year round, such as bell varieties, pepper peak season is especially summertime from July to September.
Peppers can be a bit expensive when they are not in season. They are plants that go bad easily at room temperature. When the prices reach lowest in the season, it seems a good idea to take full advantage of our kitchen refrigerators to freeze up some bell peppers in the freezer for a couple of months throughout winter to spring. It can also keep them fresh for one or maximum of two weeks in the fridge, but the freezer can really lock up their flavor and nutritional components and values.
And when you only need some slices of peppers to add to your ingredients, you don’t want to just leave the rest there at room temperature. You can freeze them up as it can help you save up some money. Also, it will bring you the convenience and save up your time when preparing a meal.
How to Freeze Bell Peppers Properly?
Bell peppers are sweet, and scientifically speaking, they are actually a type of fruits. That means they can also be eaten raw with various dips. They grow fruit peppers from the flowers, which is why they contain seeds of the plants. They belong to the Capsicum family, but they are the only member that doesn’t contain capsaicin known for its burning sensation (0 Scoville Heat Units). You can include them into your daily recipes to liven up your dishes, like chicken salads, shrimp salads, or any other bland food.
How to cut and freeze your bell peppers depends on what kind of daily recipes in cooking you prefer. You may plan and prepare meals on a monthly basis. Let’s say like 30% salads and 70% cooked dishes. In that case, you may split 70% into another 50 and 50, meaning that you have more options to effectively save up your time to cut the stem, scoop the seeds, slice, dice, or chop again. Also, freezing up pepper whole is a good idea if you enjoy stuffed peppers sometimes, like beef-stuffed pepper, pork-stuffed pepper, or chicken-stuffed pepper.
Bell peppers can add tons of flavor to lots of recipes. Make a recipe portions planning so you will know how much peppers you need to purchase form the market and how to cut them. To make the processes of planning and calculation accurately and simply, here are some advisable recipe examples:
Pepper sliced: Chicken or Beef Fajitas, Pizza, Salads.
Pepper diced small: Soup, Stew recipes, Sauces.
Pepper diced medium: Stir-fried dishes
Pepper chopped: Spaghetti sauce.
Pepper whole: Beef/Pork/Chicken-Stuffed Pepper
However, it can be flexible to some cooking recipes. For example, you don’t mind whether they are pepper slices or dices when they will be eventually made into sauces in a blender, in case you have run out of the dices.
A few simple steps to cut the peppers so that you can freeze them properly for your monthly meal prep recipes:
- Rinse your peppers and dry them
- Place them on a cutting board
- Remove the stem
- Center the peppers and cut them into a half and half
- Remove the seeds and membranes out with your knife
- Cut/Slice/Dice/Chop them into the shapes/sizes that fit your recipes accordingly.
For Pepper whole: only scoop out the seeds and membranes, and put them into vacuum bags and seal them accordingly.
- Place the pieces into large vacuum bowls or plastic bags
- You may separate different colors of peppers in freezer bags, or freeze them up together as you don’t want to defrost them and refreeze them.
- Squeeze the air out before sealing the vacuum bags so that they can last longer.
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