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April 14, 2014

Freezing Chili Peppers

Freezing chili peppers is a good idea if you have a large crop and want to save them for later use. You don't have to cook your chili peppers before freezing, although you can skin/peel them if desired. Just keep in mind that after you thaw them, the skins usually come right off easily. Simply wash the peppers, drop them into a ziplock baggie, and set them in the freezer in 2 lb bags.

You can also freeze roasted chili peppers and even chop them up before freezing. When you thaw the peppers out for later use, they can become limp and rather squishy (though not always), but they won't lose their flavor.

Note from Grandma: We asked grandma, who has been preserving peppers for much longer than we have, and she says freezing is her preferred method. Grandma likes to simply wrap them in tinfoil and freeze. It works for grandma.


  • Comment Link Brenda November 21, 2015 posted by Brenda

    Do you remove the seeds and stem before you freeze them?

    REPLY: Brenda, you can if you'd like, but sometimes I don't and do it later. - Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Deb October 26, 2015 posted by Deb

    How long of a freezer life do they have?

    REPLY: Deb, I usually go through the Winter, up to 6 months, though you can keep them longer if you double wrap them or use a vacuum sealer. Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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