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How to Freeze Bell Peppers

Freezing fresh bell peppers is EASY and is a SUPER way to preserve the great taste and low prices of in season bell peppers! Besides, when you know how to freeze bell peppers, it only takes about 5 minutes! 

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Why This Recipe Works…

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Saves Money!
  • Can be used in all kinds of recipes! 

Here’s How It is Done

STEP 1. Wash the bell peppers, dry very well. Cut into 1” chunks (remove seeds and ribs).  

Bell peppers cut into 1 inch pieces with basket in background

STEP 2. Spread the peppers out so that they have plenty of room on a baking sheet

Bell pepper pieces spread out onto two baking sheets

STEP 3. Place the tray into the freezer for at least 2 hours. 

two trays of bell peppers laying on the top of the freezer rack

STEP 4. Remove and then measure out quantities for each bag. Label the bags before filling with bell peppers for easy use. 

1/2 cup measure holding frozen bell pepper pieces

Do Bell Peppers Freeze Well? 

Yes, they do freeze well. Simply follow the recipe listed below. 

Can You Freeze Bell Peppers?

Yes, you can freeze bell peppers! It is so simple that you will be surprised! Follow the recipe card below. It’s one of the easiest vegetables to freeze!

Freeze Bell Peppers How Long? 

Keep frozen bell peppers for 6 months to 1 year. Be sure to keep them as close to 32C as possible. Squeeze as much air from the bag as possible before freezing. 

How To Freeze Bell Peppers

Wash and cut the peppers into bite size pieces and place on a flat sheet pan. Place baking sheet into the freezer for 2 hours. Remove and place into labeled freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag. Lay the bags as flat as possible into the freezer. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Do I Freeze Bell Peppers to Keep Them From Getting Mushy? 

Freezing the bell peppers individually and keeping them dry like described in the recipe card below will help to keep them from becoming overly mushy. However, all frozen veggies do become more mushy after freezing and you will want to use these in cooked items. Don’t plan to use them as you would fresh.

Do I Need To Wash Bell Peppers Before Freezing Them?

Unless they are unusually dirty, a rinse should be sufficient.

Do I Need To Thaw Bell Peppers Before Using Them? 

No, you don’t need to thaw bell peppers before using them. You can add them directly to the dish you are cooking and they will cook right up! 

Add them to  baked casseroles, soups and stir fries! 

Can You Just Eat Frozen Bell Peppers? 

Sure you can! You’ll just need to remember that thawed peppers will be a little mushy. It’s is a great cold treat on a hot day especially when dipped in veggie dip or ranch dressing!

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How Do You Thaw Them? 

There’s no need to thaw them before using in your recipe, but if you want to thaw them, run cool water over them for a minute or two. If you put the bag that they are frozen into the fridge, they will also thaw. You will notice a lot of liquid in the bag. No need to use this liquid in your recipe. 

Can Frozen Bell Peppers Be Substituted For Fresh? 

Yes, you can substitute for fresh in most cooking applications . You won’t want to use them in salad or anything where you would use fresh raw veggies.

Does Freezing Bell Peppers Affect the Taste?

Freezing bell peppers does not affect the taste but does affect the texture. They become mushy after freezing as do all veggies. It is best to use them in baked and cooked dishes. 

How To Know If Frozen Bell Peppers are Bad

If you notice….

  • The bell peppers appears encased in ice crystals or frost
  • If very light colored and dry
  • If it has been in the freezer longer than 6 months.
  • You note a lot of air in the package.

What’s the Best Way to Freeze bell peppers? 

  • Simply follow the instructions listed below and you’ll have the very best method.
  • Be sure to select ripe, perfect fruit for freezing. The quality of what you freeze will be reflected in the final product you have at the end. 
  • It might be more information than you ever wanted to know, but the USDA can tell you all you want to know!

Tips and Tricks for Freezing Bell Peppers

  • This recipe will work for ANY amount of peppers you want to freeze. 
  • The most important instruction is to spread the peppers out so that they have enough space between them that they won’t stick together. 
  • Best uses for these peppers will be stir fry, baking, and casseroles. 

PRO TIP:  Put as many of the frozen pieces as you want in a large gallon size zip lock bag and just use the amount you need each time, reseal the bag and save it for later. 

cutting board with peppers cut in half with knife

If You Want To Know More About Freezing Other Foods, Check Out….

How to Freeze Raspberries

How to Freeze Blueberries

Freezing Blackberries

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Bell Peppers ready to be seeded on a cutting board

How to Freeze Bell Peppers

This is a fantastic way to freeze any amount of bell peppers whether you have one extra that you can't use right now or an entire bumper crop in your garden. You'll be done in no time at all!
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Course: Preserving
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to freeze bell peppers, freezing bell peppers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 14kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Bell Pepper you can use any amount of bell peppers for this recipe

Instructions

  • Rinse the peppers well and allow to dry.
  • Remove the tops, cut in half and remove the seeds and ribs. Cut the peppers into equal sized small pieces. About 1" each.
  • Spread out onto a baking sheet
  • Place into the freezer and allow to stay there for at least 2 hours
  • Remove from freezer and place in zip lock FREEZER bags. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing. Label the bag with sharpie marker.
  • Place back in the freezer and you can use as much as you need from the container for 6 months - 1 year.

Notes

  • This recipe will work for ANY amount of peppers you want to freeze. 
  • The most important instruction is to spread the peppers out so that they have enough space between them that they won't stick together. 
  • Best uses for these peppers will be stir fry, baking, and casseroles. 
PRO TIP:  Put as many of the frozen pieces as you want in a large gallon size zip lock bag and just use the amount you need each time, reseal the bag and save it for later. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Bell Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 14 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1420IU28%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This information originally appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on September 21, 2014 and has been updated as follows:  The original post was broken into a part 1 and part 2. This post has been narrowed down into two posts. Why this recipe works, how it’s done with step by step instructions, frequently asked questions, tips and tricks, recipe card updated with equipment, video, notes, nutrition information has been added***

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Proverbs 15: 17

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Lori

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Thank you for all the info. I'm excited to give it a try.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Glad you found some useful information! No more peppers going to waste! :)

Rena

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Easy!Peazy!!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 7th of September 2020

Hi Rena, I'm glad you enjoyed!

Susan G Davis

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Thank you for all this good information about freezing bell peppers! Now, my pepper harvest will be extended for quite a while!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Hi! It's such a relief to have peppers in the freezer that you know exactly how they were raised and whats in the bag! Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for rating and leaving a comment!

Susan G Davis

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Thanks for all the helpful advice! Very informative.

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Hi Susan, Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Glad I could help!

Denise Mellor

Thursday 21st of May 2020

This was super helpful....I'm 69years old and have just begun learning how to preserve food rather than throw it away! This has been one more learning curve!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 22nd of May 2020

Hi Denise! We are never too old to learn! It's a trick learning how to do new stuff like freezing and canning. You'll get the hang of it and it will soon feel easy!

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