How to Freeze Bell Peppers

How to Freeze Bell Peppers on

Freezing bell peppers is a fast and easy way to preserve the harvest. Plus, its great having them available year-round to toss into soups, omelets and casseroles whenever you need them.


This post is long overdue. The peppers shown here are from my garden in October. As I’ve mentioned before in my garden journals, our bell peppers did amazing this past year and I only hope for that trend to continue. Bell peppers are one of the easiest things to freeze and they are great to keep on hand for soups, stews and sautés. Even if you can’t grow them yourself, you can still stock up when you find them on sale and use the same technique.


How to Freeze Bell Peppers


Step 1: Choose fresh peppers without soft spots or blemishes.

Step 2: Wash peppers and slice off the stem ends.

Step 3: Remove seeds and pith (the white part) from the inside.

Step 3: Cut as you wish (I diced mine, but you could do strips for fajitas or leave them whole for baked peppers).

Step 4: Arrange peppers in single layer on tray and flash freeze for 2 hours.



Step 5: Remove tray from freezer and place peppers in freezer bag removing as much air as possible.

Step 6: Lay flat to freeze and you are done!




Bell peppers should last 6-12 months in a deep freeze. Whenever a recipe calls for them I just scoop out however much I need and cook them like normal.

Writing this is making me want Spring to come even faster! I can’t wait to plant the first seeds of the season. Be sure to check out my Farming & Self-Sufficiency Pinterest Board for more gardening inspiration.


Have you ever froze bell peppers? What other fruits or veggies do you keep on hand in the freezer? I’d love to know!


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  1. Yes, I freeze them all the time....same way you do....they are great to use in chili, meatloaf,when I make spaghetti..... How would you freeze carrots & potatoes ? I have not done you have to blanche them ?
  2. Thanks for this tip. It looks easy and would be nice to have on hand when needed. I'llhave to try it. We freeze strawberries and blueberries when we find them on sale. I love to bake an angel food cake, puree some strawberries and spoon the strawberries over the cake for a delicious low calorie dessert. We use the blueberries for blueberry pancakes, in smoothies and cereal when fresh ones are prohibitive.
  3. I like to dice bell peppers and onions and mix them together, put them on a cookie sheet and flash freeze like you said. I use these all year for lots of different dishes. They are so convenient.
    1. Great idea. I tried to freeze onions once, but they made my whole freezer smell even though they were double bagged. I was worried that they would make my fruit and freezer jam taste like onions so I ended up throwing them out. Have you had this problem??
      1. I freeze onions and scallions in canning jars or recycled pickle and sauce jars. As long as they have a rubbery seal ring in the lid, the aroma stays in the jar.
  4. Wow! I never knew bell peppers could last you 6-12 months when done properly! I am pinning this one so I can look back on it for reference! Thanks so much for sharing this post! :) Join in on our weekly #CelebrateSouthern link up! We'd love to have you join in on the fun!
  5. I freeze bell peppers all the time in our freezer meals (and freeze the left over bits for use later when making stocks.
  6. Thanks for this, I was just thinking about that! My Meijer had bags of almost-expired green bell peppers, like 6 or 7 per bag, for only $1.50! Next time I see them, I'm definitely buying and freezing them.
      1. Yes, I don't flash freeze them, even though that's a great idea! But I don't have a garden, so I don't do a whole bunch at a time. Whenever I go to use the bell peppers I purchase from the store, I just chop up the rest of them and put in ziploc small baggies in the freezer. If they clump together, I just hit the bag against the counter and they separate. That way they're always ready for gumbo, chicken tortilla soup, enchiladas, spaghetti, chili, or with onions for breakfast with fried eggs. I also chop up onions and do the same thing and haven't been bothered by any smell.
  7. I have froze my peppers in strips. They turned out horrible for me. They’re very rubbery. But, I just put them in freezer without flash freezing them. I didn’t know how to do it. So thank u
  8. I've successfully frozen diced jalapeño peppers and love them because they don't run to mush when added to soups, chili or tacos. When I tried it with sliced red peppers, they got very soggy when I tried to add them to fajitas. Will flash-freezing keep them a little more crisp?
  9. I freeze peppers, onions and carrots. It never crossed my mind to freeze celery! I just wind up throwing it out when it gets soft. Now i know! I didnt know about flash freezing. After cutting my vegetables they go into snack sized zip bags, perfect size! One bag holds about 1 medium onion, or 1 pepper, or about 2 carrots. When i make something that needs either, i just take out one little bag, empty it, done. Thank you for the post, now i will have celery on hand too. 😊

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