Bell peppers are so easy to freeze and store to reduce food waste. Learn how to freeze bell peppers for easy food prep too!
Learning how to freeze bell peppers wasn't something I thought I would ever need to do. When I wound up buying a bunch of bell peppers at the store with the hope of making fajitas, but then I didn't get any tortillas in my curbside order, I wasn't sure what to do.
I left the bell peppers out on the counter in the hopes of grabbing some tortillas, but they were finally at the point when I needed to use them, freeze them, or throw them away.
And I am trying to reduce food waste around here, and I still hadn't gotten tortillas, so I decided to freeze the bell peppers.
Last year I learned how to freeze onions, and this was just as easy, and followed a similar method!
Why freeze bell peppers?
Freezing bell peppers is so easy if you buy too many and realize you won't have a chance to use them before they go bad! It's the perfect way to reduce food waste.
It's also so helpful for when you want to prep ingredients ahead of time. Having frozen bell peppers in my freezer makes it so easy to pull some out when I need, and use the exact amount I need. Makes it so much quicker, since they are already chopped and ready to go!
How do you use frozen bell peppers?
You can use frozen bell peppers in so many dishes!
You have the option of thawing them in the refrigerator before using them, or just popping them into a dish frozen.
I find that they require a tiny bit of extra time, but warm up pretty quickly. I like to use them when I'm sautéing vegetables, roasting them in the oven, or even in air fryer dishes.
Freezing bell peppers is so easy to do!
First, slice off the top of the bell pepper, and then remove the inside center and all the seeds.
Then, chop the rest of the bell pepper into your desired size! You can slice them into strips, like I did, or you can dice them into chunks. Just think about how you may use them, and prepare them that way.
The next step is to spread them out onto a sheet pan or baking tray and freeze them. This keeps them from sticking together. If you were to just place them in a freezer bag right away, the moisture would clump them together.
If you're not worried about the peppers freezing together, you can skip this step, but I always do it this way because I don't always use all my bell peppers at once. I may pull out half of the bag to use, and leave half in. Another benefit of freezing them separately is that they heat up more evenly (if you don't thaw them), because they aren't stuck together.
After they've been in the freezer for 1-2 hours, place them in a freezer-safe bag and label and date them. That way you always know when they are from!
How long do peppers last in the freezer?
Frozen bell peppers can last for 6-12 months in the freezer safely. I typically like to use them within 6 months, just to make sure they aren't getting the dreaded freezer burn.