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    is it possible to freeze peppers raw or do they need to be cooked, i buy them in packs of 3 as they are cheaper but i never seem to use them all before the expiry date and they go all soft in the fridge. I was thining i could freeze them but i didnt know itf it was possible and if so how long can they stay frozen for?

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    I just take the top off bell peppers, take the seeds out, and freeze on cookie sheet for stuffed peppers. If they are small I slice, chop, or what ever I need for later. I keep them in zip lock freezer bags. They keep pretty good as long as they don't get freezer burnt.

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    ~I freeze mine too! Wash, remove stem and seeds and slice or chop any way you prefer. I mainly use two styles; thin strips(for fajitas) and finely chopped(for soups, chili and pizza). I think they resist frost better in plastic containers rather than baggies.~

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    You can freeze them but they will be soft and mushy (as if they've been cooked) when they thaw. I only use them in dishes where I'd want cooked peppers, like chili.

    With the red ones I sometimes char them on the grill and peel them first so that I have roasted red peppers for sandwiches or pizza. Those keep really well frozen.
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    I slice or dice mine and put into freezer bags. I've still got some from last summer that I'm using up. I put them into small bags then put them into a large freezer bag to help keep them better and to keep the smell of them from seeping out. I love having my own peppers in the freezer!

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    thanks, my dad has pepper plants so i can harvest those lol. i have tons of plastic containers i can use. thanks

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    Don't throw out the seeds,throw the hot ones in chili.

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    I read somewhere (and it works great) to cut up the peppers spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. When they are frozen take a spatula and scoop them up and put them in a freezer container (I have put them in plastic bags); that way when you need them they are not all frozen stuck together. If you need 1/4 of a cup you just scoop it out, frozen.

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    I buy them , cut them in stripes and throw them in freezer bags all the time. It works wonderfully.
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    We freeze them right from the garden. They do well in the freezer as long as you use them within six to nine months. Past that, they tend to freezer burn quite bad.

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    you can also dehydrate them if you want...I did that last summer then I threw them in the freezer....they don't get mushy...on me.

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    I freeze them on a cookie sheet then store them. Can only use them for cooking but great to have when the price skyrockets in winter.

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    You can also freeze them whole. cut off the top, scoop out the seeds and freeze . Fill the frozen peppers w/ ground beef mixture for stuffed peppers. Put the frozen filled peppers into the CP and cook.

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    wow so much to do. and i didnt think of the price increase in winter too. im thinking ahead and going to get some things in for xmas soon - like cranberries, last year i went searching on xmas eve for them. not good. lol

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    I freeze mine chopped, sliced and then I take some and freeze in equal portions with chopped onions - this comes in so handy when making chili, sloppy joes, vegetable soup and the like.

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