Thursday, September 18, 2008

Freezing Habaneros


Friends were kind enough to share an abundance of beautiful peppers from their garden. So many gorgeous habaneros raised the question of what to do with them. We love spicy food, but this many habaneros was slightly daunting, a "problem" we're all too happy to have. A little research in Hot & Spicy & Meatless revealed that small peppers such as these can be frozen whole.

Wash and dry the peppers. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then put them in a container to store in the freezer. There you go, enjoy home grown habaneros for months to come.

13 comments:

  1. i had no idea you could freeze them whole! thanks, Lisa! you just saved a good half dozen habaneros for me! this is awesome! thanks! :D

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  2. You lucky girl you getting all those habaneros. A friend just gave us another idea a few days ago. He purees his habaneros and then freezes them in ice cube trays. Such a great idea. I might just have to pick up some habaneros from the farmer's market this weekend. I'll puree half and freeze the other half whole. How awesome will it be to enjoy those spicy bad boys during winter?

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  3. This is good to know! I didn't realize peppers could be frozen successfully!

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  4. Ooh, that's so cool to know! My mom gives her peppers from her garden & I never know what to do with them all.

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  5. Well, who knew?! I have an abundance of chili peppers in my fridge that might go bad soon. I think I'll salvage them like this!

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  6. Thanks for the tip! You are so lucky to have such generous habanero-giving friends!

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  7. Jessy, I know what you mean! Sometimes I can't get around to using all my peppers in time, so I'm glad they won't go to waste anymore.

    Jennifer, another smart idea. Just make sure not to mix up the habanero ice tray with the regular ice trays! Actually, I guess spicy ice could be kind of interesting.

    Jennifer, I found this really useful. It hadn't occurred to me either.

    Melisser, so great that you get a supply of fresh peppers from your mom!

    Bianca, glad to be of assistance.

    River, don't I know it. I enjoyed one of their homegrown tomatoes tonight!

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  8. I'm glad you posted this. I've recently discovered the awesomeness that is freezing peppers. It's so sad to remember the ones I've tossed out or let go moldy/squishy, but at least the future will be full of peppers in their prime.

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  9. Great tip! I had no idea that peppers can be frozen. Nice photo too, love the red habaneros against the blue background. :-)

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  10. How cool to know! You are a lucky ducky to get those beautiful peppers!

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  11. Destiny, I also shudder to think of the peppers that have gotten moldy before I could use them. No more!

    Thanks Chow Vegan!

    Shellyfish, I think so too! They were delicious.

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  12. Great! thanks for the reminder and advice! All our chili plants are heavy with fruit, so the freezing will work well.

    Thank you again! Those habanero's are just gorgeous!

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  13. When you freeze them as ice cubes they are good in Bloody Marys!

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