What To Do With Peppers From Your Garden

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So you have successfully grown peppers in your garden, but now what to do with all them? Peppers can be used all different ways.  You can freeze them, jar them, or just use them fresh. There is also an option to dry them in the oven or a food dehydrator.  I have not personally done that method, but seems like a great option also.  This year the peppers in my garden are growing and producing a lot of peppers, so I’ll share with you on what I’m doing to preserve my harvest.

Storing Peppers in The Refrigerator

Peppers can last a couple weeks in the refrigerator.  Green peppers tend to last a bit longer than red, orange and yellow peppers. Once you have picked your peppers do not wash them before storing. Make sure to store them whole in a plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Freezing Bell Peppers

Peppers are frozen using the “tray freezing” method. They can easily be frozen and thawed and still taste delicious. You can than use them later in sauces and other dishes that call for peppers. There is no need to blanch peppers before freezing.

1. Wash the peppers and dry them off

2. Cut around the stem  and take it out. Cut pepper in half.

3. Remove all the seeds and membrane from the pepper

4. Cut the pepper in slices or dice it. Place the cut up peppers on a cookie tray and place in freezer. Doing this method will make sure that your peppers don’t get frozen together.

5. Once pepper is frozen remove it from the cookie tray and place in a freezer bag

 Freezing Hot Peppers

*Remember when you are handling hot peppers to wear plastic gloves and do not touch your face*

1. Wash the peppers and dry them off

2. Cut off the stem. You do not need to seed them or remove the membranes because that is where most of the heat comes from in hot peppers.

3. Place whole hot peppers in freezer bag making sure to remove as much air as possible and place in freezer

Refrigerator Hot Peppers

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I absolutely love hot peppers on pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers.  You get the idea. So, making some refrigerator hot peppers was a must.  I’ve made a few jars so far with the recipe found on Cucina Kristina (find it here)

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