Save Yourself from $5 Red Peppers in January

Freeze Red Peppers

Freezing peppers from your garden or the farmers market is easy!

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One of the blog readers who purchased Super Easy Food Preserving chose to preserve red peppers as her first food preserving task of the season. She sent me this email:

This is the best money I’ve spent all month!!  Yellow and red peppers at the farmers market are $.50 each right now.  Red peppers in January will cost $5 each.

There’s no doubt about it – a red pepper at the peak of the season tastes nothing like its waxy, dull tasting, unnatural looking cousin sitting on the shelf in January. And they’re way easier on the wallet this time of year.

It’s such a pleasure to cook in summer with food that’s fresh from the garden or market. Meals come together easily because all you need to do is highlight and augment the amazing taste of the featured vegetables.

With a little extra work in summer and fall that kind of cooking is within your reach all year round. You can appreciate the abundance of the season while it’s here, and also save some for later. Preserved food makes cooking in the winter so much more fun…and tasty!

My book, Super Easy Food Preserving, makes putting food away for off season use accessible and simple. My sister, a beginning gardener, called me yesterday and was excited that she froze some of her red peppers. She looked at the book’s directions for preserving and there were four steps. “Only four steps,” she said, “I can handle that!”

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frozen peppers from the garden

Cooking a January meal with peppers, broccoli, onions and garlic all from my pantry.

 

You don’t have to have fancy equipment, special knowledge, or even a big garden to be a food preserver. All you need to do is start with one thing that’s coming out of your garden or is abundant at the farmers market. Pick a vegetable you eat a lot of during the off season and set a goal to put some away for later use. Believe me, you will be ecstatic to pull red peppers out of your freezer on a gloomy winter day.

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How to Freeze Peppers

Prep Materials Needed: Cutting board, knife.

Best Storage Containers: Freezer bags or glass jars.

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Easy Storage Directions:

1. De-stem and de-seed peppers. (You can leave hot pepper seeds in if you want!)

2. Chop into desired bite sized pieces.

3. Peppers can be frozen raw so simply pack them into containers.

4. If the peppers are dry when frozen they shouldn’t stick together. If you want to make sure they remain loose, spread them on a cookie sheet for an hour in the freezer and then pack them into containers.

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How I Use Them: Beans and rice, casseroles, stir frys, soups.

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You can download a sample of my book with the directions for freezing peppers right here.

Easy Food Preserving Book

 

Learn how to eat food from your garden all year round.

Learn more about the book here.

 

 

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