Do you want to know how to store peppers? Well, yes, I know exactly how you’re feeling right now. You have this fresh produce from your organic garden, and you’re just so excited, listing down some recipes with jalapenos, green or red peppers on it and cooking sumptuous meals, such as risotto, for your family.
And there is no wonder. These little brothers are just amazing! They can make our dishes ultra exciting with their color, crispness, and sweetness, altogether. They can add life to every dish prepared in a cookware, such as a saucepan or a pot, whether it’s vegetable or meat, such as chicken.
The problem with these bell peppers is that we won’t be able to keep their crispiness and freshness if we don’t store them properly. And worst, they won’t be able to deliver that crunch in our pizza, gourmet salad and so on, if we won’t be able to keep them correctly, like on a vacuum sealer.
Things you’ll need
- Zipper bags or plastic bags
Storing Garden-Fresh Peppers
Clean and store peppers for a longer time than you think you could. Remember while there are many kinds of bell peppers, they all have to be stored the same way to keep them fresh. Otherwise, they will get wrinkly or dry faster than they should without proper storage. But then if you would store them correctly, they will stay bright and glossy in color, making them look fresh all the time.
Additionally, you should not store them at cool enough room temperature because they will be hard to peel and mushy if you do. That’s a no-no for every cook looking to add peppers when baking a dish in the oven, for instance.
#1 Harvesting and Straining
Once your peppers are ripe and they are ready for picking, get them and put them in a strainer. Have them under running water for a couple of seconds before rinsing them thoroughly.
#2 Putting in Large Plastic Bags or Zipper Bags
Put your peppers in large plastic bags. For proper storage, you should cut 12 holes of about one quarter (diameter) each, around the plastic bag. Use a scissor, but be careful with it. You should also see to it that the bell peppers are sorted in each bag to prevent them from poking out the holes.
#3 Storing in The Fridge
To store your peppers in the fridge, you should see to it that the temperature is only between 45 and 50 degrees. Otherwise, they will be rotten quickly if the temperature is lower than 45 degrees.
#4 Determining Shelf Life
Storing garden fresh peppers this way, they should last up to five days, but some of them might last a little longer than the others would. Nevertheless, you should use them while they are still fresh.
Putting Them in A Crisper
First note: Don’t wash or cut your bell peppers unless you’re looking to use all of them right away. So the best thing to store them is to use perforated bags, and then put them inside your fridge’s crisper, where you store vegetables.
But then if you don’t have perforated plastic bags, you may just use of regular plastic bags in wrapping them. Just make sure that you’re wrapping them loosely. If you’d do it like this method, then you can keep your bell peppers last longer, an average of a week.
So again, you can just put them in the crisper if you are planning to use them again anytime soon and prevent freezing them. This method might help busy mothers who want to have their peppers always ready for cooking, as compared when you freeze them wherein you still have to thaw them before use.
To prepare your bell peppers for freezing, slice and boil them before throwing them in cold water, a useful method to make them ready for freezing. Now after blanching, put them in a freezer bag and freeze them in the fridge. In this method, you can have your bell peppers useful for six months. The same goes if you would roast peppers, peel and refrigerate them, you can also keep them frozen for six months.
This method might work if you are looking to keep or store your peppers for a longer period. Because it can preserve bell peppers for up to six months, you can be confident that you’ll always have a supply of them whenever you need them. The only downside with this method is that you should be able to take them out the fridge ahead of time because they still need thawing.
If you plan on storing them, you should not wash them, but keep them dry for longer storage. You can just wash and rinse them under running water before cooking or using. But then to slice them before keeping them, you should wash them under running water to get rid of the dirt. Start slicing them using a clean surface. To store sliced jalapeno peppers, you should keep them in the fridge, while whole ones can be stored either at room temperature or in the fridge.
Take note: You can only keep whole jalapenos at room temperature if you’re going to use them within three days at most. But in the fridge, sliced peppers can last for one week; see to it that you cut them before storing them to make them last about five days.
Summing up, keeping your bell peppers for a longer period is every cook’s dream. After all, these peppers are some of the most versatile kitchen ingredients around. And if you’re one of those lucky cooks, you may also be having them in your garden, where fresh produce, jalapenos, green or red pepper abound.
You should learn how to store your peppers so that they don’t only last longer, but they also look fresh every time you need to use them. When storing peppers, remember the tips I’ve shared above for your reference, including a few other alternatives, such putting them in the crisper or freezing them for longer shelf life.