Who has been shopping and seen a great sale on fresh produce like capsicums and wanted to buy up big, but knew that you wouldn’t get through them all before they turned? Well now you can – just don’t take all of mine!! Keep in mind these don’t thaw crisp, so they are great in casseroles or cooked meals or on pizzas (which is our main use). I recently got a small haul of capsicums from a local grocer that were a on a great sale. I also use this with other vegies like cauliflower, broccoli, corn, carrots.
When you get your capsicums home, rinse under cold water and check for spots. Dry off and start cutting. I cut my capsicums down the length of the vegetable and then across the bottom. I can then easily discard or save the seeds. All my scraps go to the compost, but later this year we will be adding some chickens, so they might get a feed. Cut off any bad spots and I also cut out the lighter banding inside as this can be bitter.
I then cut into strips down the longer side and cross cut 2-3 times depending on the size of the capsicum. If you prefer diced, then cut it that way.
Line a tray that will fit in your freezer with baking paper and fill up the tray. I haven’t had a problem if some are stacked and my trays are usually quite full. Leave to freeze for a couple of hours or over night. I don’t cover or add anything and have had no problems.
Once frozen, take out of the freezer and loosen up your slices so that they aren’t stuck together. I tend to do one colour at a time so I can use in a red or green curry easily. I also do one vegetable at a time.
Once they are loose, I bag them into a ziploc bag and pop back into your freezer. I don’t label, as we go through these quick enough. When out I can wash the bags and reuse and go hunting for a bargain again.
With our garden up and running we should have produce coming in 6-10 weeks and production will start up again. I don’t freeze fresh greens or tomatoes. So what produce do you freeze? What are you going to have a go at freezing?
I am hoping to have a blog post up each Saturday morning to inspire your weekend be it in the kitchen, around the house (in and out) or for the kids.
Take care, Kim xx