Can You Freeze Roasted Red Peppers? Here’s How You Can Do This Right
Roasted red peppers are absolutely delicious and we cannot help but feel like they are a great ingredient to so many dishes, and especially on their own. However, roasting the red peppers can take a lot of energy, so it would be fabulous if we could roast them in batches and store them in the freezer.
In fact, we think this is a brilliant idea and we want to see exactly how we can do this in the best way possible.
Can You Freeze Roasted Red Peppers?
Roasting red peppers is something that can take a while so it would be a shame if we could only make the portions we’re going to eat. One of our readers reached out to us with the same concern:
My neighbors buy bushels of red peppers at the end of the summer, and then roast them for the winter. They like to slice them in thin slices, then jar them in a type of brine so they can eat them as an appetizer over the winter. They asked if I would be interested in roasting some of my own, and they would show me how.
I prefer to eat my roasted red peppers in a sandwich or tossed in with some pasta rather than sliced into strips as an appetizer. I don’t want to turn my neighbor down, but I’m wondering if there’s another way for me to store plain roasted red peppers. Can you freeze roasted red peppers?
It sounds like you have very nice neighbors! Roasting and canning red peppers for the winter sounds like a great idea. If you aren’t interested in eating them jarred, then yes, you can certainly freeze them!
How to Freeze Roasted Red Peppers?
When it comes to freezing your roasted peppers, you have to take things one step at a time.
- Start by roasting the peppers the way your neighbor shows you to do.
- When roasting red peppers, the skin will blister and go black from the flames.
- After the peppers are roasted and cool enough to handle, the skin peels off easily, revealing the meaty part underneath.
- Once your peppers are peeled and cooled, it’s up to you to decide how to freeze them.
- If you like large pepper halves in your sandwiches, simply slice the peppers in half.
- If you want smaller strips, you can do that too. Once your peppers are prepared to your liking, you’re ready to freeze them.
- Dry the peppers with a paper towel or clean dishcloth. This will help prevent freezer burn.
- Line a baking tray with some parchment paper, and lay the peppers in a single layer on the tray.
- Flash freeze the peppers for about 30 minutes in the freezer, just until the outside starts to harden. This will help ensure that they don’t clump together in the freezer.
- Remove the baking tray from the freezer and place the roasted red peppers into freezer bags.
- Remove the excess air from the bags and then seal tightly.
- Label and date the bags, and then place in the freezer.
- Peppers will keep for several months this way.
How to Keep Roasted Pepper for Longer?
If you want to ensure that your roasted peppers will keep for a long time, you can definitely use a vacuum sealer on the container or freezer bag. These appliances take out all the air in the container and offer a perfect seal which extends the shelf life of the product considerably.
We have a whole list of vacuum sealers that you should check out, but we’re partial to the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine which you’ll find at the top of our list.
How to Thaw Roasted Red Peppers?
When you feel like having some of those delicious roasted red peppers, it’s time you thaw them out.
- To use frozen roasted red peppers, remove the desired amount from the freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge for several hours.
- It can also be defrosted in the microwave.
- Then, use in your favorite recipe.
You can try out the Roasted Red Pepper And Chilli Hummus With Home-Made Pitta Chips recipe which is absolutely delicious.
I’d like to freeze jarred. Fire roasted red pepper strips. The peppers are in liquid. Can I just take some, including the liquid, and place in smaller containers and freeze? To defrost do I just place in the refrigerator? Will they get mushy when defrosted? Will freezing affect taste and texture?