I have a bumper crop of jalapeno peppers this summer - more than I can possibly use while they're ripe. What's the best way to freeze them? Can I just mine them an put them in zip lock bags and pull them out as I need them?
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I mince jalapeno, freeze all spread out on a sheet pan, then scoop the minced, individually frozen bits into a ziplock bag. It's easy to scoop out a tablespoon or two whenever you need 'em.
You can also freeze the chiles whole, then drop an entire jalapeno into a pot of beans.
Alternately, I'll smoke dozens of jalapenos at the end of the season to put up homemade chipotles in adobo.
Ksherk, I do what you describe: pop them whole into a ziplock bag, then when I need them, I wash and do any slicing, chopping or mincing/ seeded or not, as needed. Works for me.
I toss whole peppers in a freezer bag and pull them out as needed. They don't stick together. Mine are from the garden and I give them a quick rinse before I chop them, still frozen. You can probably also wash, dry and freeze 'em. Either way, it's super easy
I rinse off and then stem, seed and split the japalenos; spread them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours and then store the frozen halves in a ziplock or vacuum freezer bag.
Thanks for the question, ksherk! Am now freezing my peppers. Before the only way I thought to save them was dehydrating them, which is ok, but for the size they are freezing will be much better.
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