Freezing produce is the next best thing to bottling it. Dear Hubby and I have procured two freezers over the years. One was a hand me down from his Grandma, and the other we bought from a silent auction for $50.00. Both reside in our garage, and they allow us to stock up meat and other food when it is a great deal (plus Dear Hubby is a hunter); as well, as preserve our garden bounty.
Green peppers and onions are two things I prefer to freeze over canning. It is fast, easier, and the end result is much better. This time of year green peppers are fairly inexpensive, so I buy some at the store to supplement the ones out of the garden. They will keep frozen in the freezer for 6 to 9 months if stored in thick freezer bags.
- Wash, seed, and add peppers (or onions into a food processor):
- Chop to the desired size (it has to be fairly small at our house. If certain people see "big chunks" of pepper in the entree....the party is over!):
- Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap ( I use Press n Seal wrap because I am plastic wrap challenged), leaving a couple inches hanging over the side of the tray. Pour the green peppers (or onions) onto the plastic wrap lined tray, and spread out into an even layer:
- Place the tray of peppers (or onions) on a flat surface in the freezer. Leave them in the freezer for 6 to 12 hours until they are frozen.
- Remove tray from freezer, and let it rest on the counter for 5 - 10 minutes. Gently pull up the corners of the plastic wrap to loosen the peppers (onions) from the tray. I got the genius idea to use the plastic cover to my 15x10 jelly roll pan. It has a little flex to it, and it helps lift the peppers off the tray. Break the frozen peppers into chunks if necessary.
- Place frozen pepper (onion) chunks into a heavy duty freezer bag. Push out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Write the date on the bag, and place bag back into the freezer.
- To use the peppers (or onions). Get out the amount needed out of the freezer bag. Place in a colander and run hot water over them to thaw. Allow to drain for a minute or two before using.