Can I freeze red peppers without blanching or steaming?

Asked January 28, 2015, 2:48 PM EST

Can I freeze red peppers without blanching or steaming? I know I can freeze green peppers without heating.

Thank you.

Mary Johnson

Wayne County Michigan home food preservation

3 Responses

Freezing

Bell or Sweet Peppers

Preparation – Select crisp, tender, green or bright red pods. Wash, cut out stems, cut in half and remove seeds. If desired, cut into 1/2-inch strips or rings.

Heated – Good for use in cooking. Water blanch halves 3 minutes, strips or rings 2 minutes. Cool promptly, drain and package, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.

Unheated – Good for use in uncooked foods because they have a crisper texture, or in cooked foods. Package raw, leaving no headspace. Seal and freeze.

National Center for Home Food Preservation http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/pepper_bell.html

Thank you so much for that advice. Mary Johnson