How Do You Freeze Fresh Green Peppers?
Green Pepper: A Fruit?
Green peppers are actually fruits, despite being often misidentified as a vegetable, much like that of tomatoes and zucchini.
Peppers, in general, are either sweet or hot. Green peppers have a stronger flavor than their red, yellow, or orange counterparts and tend to be slightly more bitter.
Peppers are green from the moment they grow; therefore, you want to wait until they grow to be about as long as the palm of your hand before you pick them. They also are generally a nice, rich dark-green color and shiny when they are ripe. Although they often will taste good if you pick them before they reach their full potential, wait a few days and you will get much more fruit by waiting.
Once picked, they will stay fresh in your fridge for 3-4 days without losing much of their flavor or crispness. If you need to keep them longer, it is a good idea to freeze them. They will stay nice and frozen for a year and a half.
Green Peppers Preservation Recipe Rating
Approximate Nutrition of a Green Pepper
|Serving size: 1 Bell Pepper|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 8 g||3%|
|Sugar 4 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- Lots and lots of fresh grown peppers
- 1 Knife
- 1 Cutting Board
- 1 Pot, full of water
- 1 Bowl, full of water and ice
- 1 Timer, set at three minutes
- 1 Slotted spoon
- Several Freezer Bags
How Do I Freeze Fresh Green Peppers?
- First, wash freshly picked green peppers. They are best when they are shiny, crisp, and dark green. If you are picking them out of your garden, make sure they have grown longer than the palm of your hand.
- Cut the stem out and scrape the seeds.
- Rinse and cut into long slices.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil for at least one minute.
- Once the water has been boiling for a minute, place chopped peppers into the boiling water for three minutes.
- Take out with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl of ice cold water for an additional three minutes.
- Remove peppers from ice cold water and pat dry.
- You can begin another batch in the same water. The water can be used several times before it needs to be changed.
- Place dried peppers in a ziplock or vacuum sealed freezer bag. If you choose a ziplock freezer bag, try to get as much air out as possible.
- Close tightly, date, and keep frozen for up to a year and a half.
- Once ready to eat; thaw, prepare, and enjoy!
Benefits of Eating Fresh Green Peppers
Green peppers contain a lot of great nutrients that our bodies need. Here is a comprehensive list of those vitamins and what they will do for your body.
- Vitamins A - Green peppers contain vitamin A, which is a great anti-aging vitamin that helps keep your skin nice and glowing.
- Vitamin B6 - Bell peppers contain 17 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin B6, which is extremely important for fighting infections. Although important for men, vitamin B6 is especially important for women. It reportedly regulates estrogen and progesterone, keeping the hormone levels balanced.
- Vitamin C - One serving of green peppers contain twice the required daily amount of vitamin C. This is great for boosting your immune system, which can help prevent colds and cases of flu. Vitamin C can also speed up the healing of minor injuries that occur in everyday life, including torn muscles. This nutrient is also the building block for your musculoskeletal system, which makes this vitamin a must for those who work out.
- Vitamin K - 14 percent of your daily need of this mineral is found in green peppers, which is great for assisting in your body's ability to clot blood.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants - These antioxidants have great anti-inflammatory properties that purportedly help reduce disease- or infection-related inflammation.
- Manganese - 9 percent of the daily requirement of manganese, as well as 7 percent of potassium, is found in the green pepper. These nutrients are necessary for proper muscle functioning and healthy glucose levels.
- Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids - Omega fatty acids are very important in heart health and preventing strokes and heart disease.
- Fiber - All peppers are great sources of fiber in your diet that helps you maintain a healthy weight, as well as regulates your bowel health.
- Beta carotene, lutein, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, choline, niacin, pantothenic acid - These nutrients are all provided in the green pepper. When combined, they can help give your skin a glow, improve your eyesight, protect your organs against disease and cancer, as well as encourage great brain and heart functioning.
- Iron, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper, and fluoride - These minerals in conjunction help balance the PH in your body, strengthens your bones and teeth, regulates your heartbeat, and transports oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. These are also important in the firing of your nerve synapses, which are necessary for your brain to communicate with your body.
Green peppers are an often-overlooked fruit that can easily be added to your daily diet. They contain so many wonderful nutrients.
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© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz