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Old 07-14-2012, 11:23 AM
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Our garden is going to have a ton of red and green bell peppers very soon for us to pick but I know we aren't going to eat them all at once so I was wondering how everyone deals with extra peppers. Do you freeze them? what is the best way to go about freezing them? This is the first time we've successfully grown peppers in our garden lol so it's new to me.

Now that the dogs have done away with the groundhog that broke into our yard I'm confident all the peppers will make it to "full term" lol

of course the dogs didn't get the groundhog until AFTER he destroyed my sunflower... little bugger.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:34 AM
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I'm not sure if I would freeze them just as is (or cut up).

I would make different things to preserv them, like yummy sauces and such and then freeze them. (or keep in jars).

http://honest-food.net/2009/10/22/preserving-peppers/
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:38 AM
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When I was a kid, we always had a ton of peppers in the garden, and my mother would usually dice them and then freeze them (usually in a container about the size of a margarine tub). Then she would take them out whenever she was making spaghetti sauce or chili, etc, and dump them right in.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:53 AM
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chop and freeze , freeze in a ziplock , so you can shake bag and the bulk will seperate and they will be easier to just use/defrost what you want out of the bag and the rest stay frozen.

chop some in strips and some in dices . hmmmmmmmmm there would be none left here , my kids are all gaga over them. congrats on the good crop!
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:54 AM
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We canned a bunch of jalapenos & banana peppers last year and I bet it would work for bells too. Well, I actually did a jar of bells but I haven't opened it yet. It was a super easy recipe and as soon as I find the canning book in the mess of moving I'll post the recipe.
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I freeze them. Chop them up into chunks and strips. Bag and tag them in quart sized baggies. If I'm adding them to dishes like stir fry, I typically add them in the last few minutes so that they don't over cook and are still crunchy.
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I would look into canning some salsa personally! And yeah, freeze the rest for stirfry and stuff later. So jealous! I can't wait until I get my own garden and can grow some stuff. First up on my list is berries hahaha.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:05 PM
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You can barbeque 'em, boil 'em, broil 'em, bake 'em, saute 'em... There's, uh... Pepper kabobs, pepper creole, pepper gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple peppers, lemon peppers, coconut peppers, pepper peppers, pepper soup, pepper stew, pepper salad, peppers and potatoes, pepper burger, pepper sandwich. That's... That's about it...

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Do they need to be blanched or anything before freezing the strips and cubes?

Ooooh salsa is a great idea. Definitely need to do that.

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no chop and rinse and bag. easy peesy!
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