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April 08, 2016

Freezing Stuffed Peppers

Freezing Stuffed Peppers Freezing Stuffed Peppers

Can you freeze stuffed peppers? Absolutely. Learn how to freeze your stuffed peppers so you can make larger batches and enjoy them later.

I've received quite a few emails recently about freezing stuffed peppers so I figured it was time to finally get a post online. The big question is - Can You Freeze Stuffed Chili Peppers? The answer is YES. Absolutely. Freezing your stuffed peppers is a smart way to keep them. I enjoy making larger portions so we can have quick meals throughout the week. It's a huge time saver. They will easily last several months in the freezer, even up to a year, though mine don't stick around that long. However, there are some important steps to take to ensure you retain the quality you desire.

How to Freeze Stuffed Peppers / Freezing Stuffed Peppers

  1. Cook your stuffed peppers according to your recipe. No half-cooking, please. Make sure the meats are cooked through completely, or they will require additional cooking once they are thawed. Cool the cooked stuffed peppers before freezing.
  2. Place all of the stuffed peppers into a freezer-safe dish. A large casserole dish works well. Cover them in aluminum foil and then wrap the entire dish in plastic wrap to completely seal them up. Leave no part of the peppers exposed or else you might get freezer burn.
  3. You can also freeze each pepper individually by cooling them, then wrapping them in plastic wrap. Set them into airtight freezer bags and freeze. A vacuum sealer also works great.

Your stuffed peppers will last easily 3 months or longer. I personally don't like to freeze them longer than 3 months. When you're ready to chow down on those stuffed pepper creations, remove the wrapping and bake them straight from frozen at 350 degrees until they are thawed and warmed through. You can also thaw them in the refrigerater for several hours before cooking and they will heat through faster.

I prefer to cook the stuffed peppers completely before freezing, but you don't have to. All of the stuffing ingredients should be cooked through, but if you'd prefer to freeze your stuffed peppers BEFORE cooking them, here are the steps.

Freezing Uncooked Stuffed Peppers

  1. Cook your stuffing ingredients through according to your recipe instructions and set them aside.
  2. Blanch your peppers in boiling water a few minutes to lightly soften. Cool, then stuff your peppers.
  3. Place all of the stuffed peppers into a freezer-safe dish. A large casserole dish works well. Cover them in aluminum foil and then wrap the entire dish in plastic wrap to completely seal them up. Leave no part of the peppers exposed or else you might get freezer burn.
  4. You can also freeze each pepper individually by cooling them, then wrapping them in plastic wrap. Set them into airtight freezer bags and freeze. A vacuum sealer also works great. 

When you are ready to enjoy your stuffed peppers, you can cook them from frozen at 350 degrees until they are cooked through, or thaw them overnight to save a bit of time. Your cooking time will be longer than cooking with the already cooked peppers.

Looking for recipes? Check out our Stuffed Pepper Recipes. We love them!

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Jeanne Strauchon October 18, 2017 posted by Jeanne Strauchon

    I love freezing stuffed red bell peppers, but I find after baking them (straight freom the freezer) that they have a lot of water in them. What should I be doing
    differently?

    REPLY: Jeanne, it's hard to say, though it could be the moisture content of your stuffing. I would be sure to reduce the water content there, use thicker sauces, etc. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link jim Peterson October 12, 2017 posted by jim Peterson

    Won't the heat of the chili, defrost your freezer?

    REPLY: Jim, no, you'll cool them first, or use the uncooked method. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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