As our summer garden begins to wind down, we find ourselves seaching for ways to preserve peppers.

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Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers that we picked in just one day!

This year’s garden has been bountiful with the crop of green bell peppers and now all of our sweet, medium, and hot peppers are ready for picking all at the same time. Of course, we can’t use all of these peppers within a week or two before they begin to go bad. Therefore, we had to find various ways to preserve them for use throughout the year. 

 

 

 

How To Preserve Peppers

FREEZING PEPPERS

One of our favorite ways to preserve peppers is to freeze them.  You can freeze all types of peppers and it is super easy. We store sliced green peppers, whole jalapenos and roasted red peppers. Simply cut the peppers and remove the stems and seeds. Cut into half, fourths, or slices.  Place the peppers on a baking sheet spaced evenly apart and flash freeze them for 15-30 minutes.  This freezing method will help keep the peppers from sticking together. Store in air tight and freezer safe containers or bags.  We even freeze our stuffed green peppers using the same procedure for an easy and healthy meal in the middle of winter.

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Our stuffed green peppers in the freezer

DRYING PEPPERS

We frequently talk about drying and grinding down our Chinese 5 Color peppers into pepper flakes and powder. However, peppers of all kinds can be dried and stored for winter use. You can dry peppers in a hot and sunny area, in a dehydrator or in the oven on the lowest setting. The important thing to remember is that peppers will dry based on their water content and their size. The thicker the pepper the longer it will take to dry. We dry peppers of similar size together to reduce the amount of attention that you need to devote to remove peppers that get done quicker than the others. You can dry peppers whole, remove the top and stem, or cut into desired sections. 

How to Make Chipotle Peppers

How to Make Hot Pepper Flakes/Powder

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Trays of peppers going into the oven for drying

CANNING PEPPERS

Of course you can preserve your peppers using the canning process. It is important to follow an approved method and recipe for safe consumption in the winter.  Most canning recipes for peppers will require the use of a pressure canner. You could also can peppers by pickling them. This doesn’t require any special equipment – just time to allow the pickling process to take place.

Canning Hot Pepper Rings

Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalepeno Recipe)

Marinated Roasted Red Peppers

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Canned hot pepper rings.

Preserving peppers is well worth the time and effort to enjoy the taste of your garden in the middle of winter. 

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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3 thoughts on “How To Preserve Peppers For The Winter

  • August 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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    I grow lots of Hungarian peppers This was a crazy year as far as weather went Alberta is short summer climate with cold long winters. My peppers always grow superb I make my peppers like you for freezing ,ect But I am so happy you gave your marinade pepper recipie I ate them once along time ago and never asked for recipie which I was sorry Thankyou for yours and all your emails just keep them coming Sincerely Sharon

  • August 24, 2016 at 8:51 am
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    Thank you so much for this post. It came at a perfect time. I have a lot of peppers that I need to harvest before they go bad.

  • August 24, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    Do you cook the contents of the stuffed peppers and put into uncooked peppers? Or do you make them, cook them, and then freeze?

    I have gorgeous peppers that I’d love to do this with!

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