Here is Arizona we’re lucky enough to get a lot of produce throughout the year. That doesn’t mean that the pricing remains constant throughout the year. The best way I’ve found to get around that is to buy things when they are on sale and/or in season and to freeze them. Peppers in particular can get really pricey. I know that our local grocery stores typically charge $1.49 each for bell peppers and when you need multiple for a meal that adds up quickly. These little Italian peppers can be even more expensive! Sometimes we’ll get lucky and get peppers as part of the produce boxes at the market or sometimes I’ll find the bell peppers 3 for $0.99 in the produce clearance at the grocery store. I’m not one to miss an opportunity like that so here is the quick and easy way to save these beauties to use later! Note: this works for both bell peppers and the Italian peppers.

pixlr_20160814090253583Directions:

  1. Wash the outside of the peppers thoroughly
  2. Remove the stems and seeds (I’ll try to post a neat trick to doing this next time I have some)
  3. Cut peppers to desired shape/size
    (we typically use them in fajitas so they get cut into 1/4 inch strips)
  4. Portion in freezer bags (or ziplocs if you don’t have a Foodsaver)
  5. Label the bags (because you never want to wonder what it is or when it went in the freezer)
  6. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag
  7. Freeze

To use them later you can defrost in water or leave them in the fridge overnight (preferred). They actually retain most of the crunch and all of the flavor!

Written by Krista

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