Learn how to freeze peppers to save time in the kitchen. This is one of our favorite meal prep tips and takes just minutes to do.
Save time and money when you learn how to freeze peppers.
As you already know, I am always looking for ways to save money and time in the kitchen. While I love to cook, I like to make it as easy as possible.
Life is busy… and I want to provide my family a delicious home cooked meal even when I’m swamped with sports and other activities. I have already showed you how to freeze onions and why I love doing it.
I get asked often Can I freeze peppers?
The answer is simple. YES! Today I thought I would show you how to freeze peppers so you can save money and time too!
What you need:
- Bell peppers that you got on sale
- Quart sized freezer bags
- a Good knife (I love these here)
How to freeze peppers:
Every time I get a nice deal on bell peppers, I purchase at least 6 or so and start chopping. I chop them all up like you would for dinner and place in a quart freezer bag. (You can get a pretty good deal on Amazon)
Then place the bag in the freezer. They should stay fresh in the freezer for about 6 months.
Now when we are having spaghetti, chili, or another yummy dinner that requires green peppers, I can simply take them from the bag frozen.
They might stick together. No biggy…. just give them a quick bang on the counter and they break apart easily.
This will make any easy dish or crockpot meal, even easier! You may have to bang the bag on the counter once, but the peppers will separate, so you can take out only what you need for that one meal.
Also, you can do this with any kind of peppers or peppers you have grown in your garden.
If you are new to gardening check out this post on How to start a garden. You can also slice them if you want to have on hand for fajitas or a stir fry dinner . The possibilities are endless!
Now you know how to freeze green peppers.
You can also try hot peppers or any type of fresh peppers. Just use diced peppers and freeze! Easy.
A few tips- Make sure to wear gloves if using hot peppers. Also, once you freeze bell peppers you will love the convenience of grabbing a few when you need them. Use heavy duty freezer bags to prevent freezer burn.
You definitely want to use good freezer bags!
Once you know how to freeze bell peppers, you will love using them for recipes.
They are amazing in fajitas, casseroles, stir fries and much more. I save so much time in the kitchen by having items like this on hand.
It is is much easier just chopping and freezing a bunch of bell peppers at once. Busy weeknight dinners are so much easier and faster when you don’t have to stop and chop ingredients.
Give it a try! You will love how much time it saves you!
By the way, try these fajita recipes:
Quick Skillet Chicken Fajitas recipe
Crockpot Chicken Fajitas recipe
Time saving tip:
Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions and bell peppers.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you make cooking so fast and easy.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
You might also want to learn how to make these crock pot freezer meals! Learn How to create 10 make ahead freezer slow cooker meals in just an hour!
Anything we can do to save time is a huge help around here. Busy schedules, large families and hectic weekdays make dinner time crazy.
Easy tips like freezing bell peppers and other easy ideas really help to take the stress out of dinner time. By doing small things along the way, it has a huge impact and saves a lot of time.
Give some of these ideas a try see how easy it is! It only takes a few minutes to chop and freeze green peppers but saves so much time in the long run.
It is a win win all around. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
To keep them from sticking together I cut them spread on a cookie sheet in a single layer, freeze for 2-3 hours then put in freezer bag.
That is a great idea.
Do they get mushy when you freeze them?
Connie – They don’t get mushy. Thanks!
I’ve been doing this for years, but I mix them. I love my peppers and onion mix for my favorite omelet, in my soups, casseroles, and so much more.
I found a manual chopper at amazon that I just love and it has more tools to fit it. Ultra Chef Express Food Chopper
Great tip – Thanks for sharing!
how long can you freeze onions and peppers?
I generally keep them for 3-4 months in the freezer. Thanks!
Will they keep longer if vacuum sealed or do you recommend that method? I like my veggies crisp in some dishes so once these thaw will they stay crisp?
I have not tried vacuum sealing so I’m not sure if they would keep longer or not. I usually use the frozen ones in my recipes as they do not stay crunchy once they are thawed. However, they are perfect to cook with!
My problem when I freeze bellll be peppers n freezer bag. Is ice forms inside the bag. How can I prevent that problem. Thanks Alicia
I didn’t know that Bell Peppers can be frozen! This is a great way to prevent waste and to add them in whatever dish I cook, not to mention saving time. Thank you for sharing your tip Miss Carrie!
Do you Blanche the peppers ?
No, we don’t blanche the peppers before freezing.