Did you know that you can freeze Jalapeno Peppers (and other hot peppers)? Yes, it is true! When you grow Jalapenos, you know they are only in season in the summer. However, if you freeze them you can enjoy these little bundles of joy for the whole year! Here is how you do it!

How to Freeze Jalapeno Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. Hot Peppers
  2. Water
  3. Sharp Knife
  4. Cutting Board
  5. Heavy Duty Freezer Bags
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry your hot peppers completely. Discard any limp, moldy or otherwise blemished peppers. The freshest peppers freeze the best.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut the stems off. Then, on the open side, scoop out all the seeds.
  3. If you plan to make Jalapeno poppers, leave the peppers whole. If you plan to use them in a diced or a sliced preparation, go a head and make the proper cuts at this time.
  4. To flash freeze the whole or sliced peppers, place them on a cookie sheet in a flat one layer application. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag once they have frozen. To freeze diced jalapenos, you can put them into an ice cube tray, this creates individual serving sizes. You can transfer these to a freezer bag. Note that each cube of diced jalapenos is equal to two Tablespoons.
  5. For best results, use the peppers within six months for the best quality. By then you will be growing more in your garden.
Please Note
  1. It is a best practice to always wear latex gloves when you are handling hot peppers of any kind. The oil called Capsaicin that makes peppers hot irritates the skin. Always take safety precautions to not touch your face and eyes while you work. To remove the oils you need to wash your hands in hot and soapy water when you finish.
  2. Frozen peppers work the very best in cooked or a baked dish, you can also use them in a fresh salsa.
  3. Make sure to label the peppers, since each pepper has a different heat index. Labels will help you from blowing your families taste buds off.
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