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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eat it or Freeze it - Roasted Red Bell Peppers




My mother-in-law has the great habit of roasting and freezing red bell peppers. She often gifts me with bags of frozen peppers and I cannot tell you how much that has changed my life!


First of all, roasted bell peppers freeze beautifully - they keep their taste and texture like you would not believe. Secondly, they defrost very quickly, which means a lot to me! And finally, they are an incredibly versatile vegetable that has the power to add tons of flavor and beautiful color to any dish.


Here is what I do to have roasted bell peppers at any season:


I start by rinsing as many peppers as I want to roast:




I pat them dry and place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil:




Then I roast them at 450F, turning occasionally, until the peppers look charred and are fork tender. That will take about 30-45 minutes.




I transfer roasted peppers to a bowl:




Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (that steamy environment will will make peeling the skin out of the peppers much easier):


When peppers are cool, I peel their skin and remove their seeds:




All done:


I label freezer bags:



Fill them with about 2 to 4  peppers:


And freeze them for up to 3 month or more.


When I need them, I either transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator or to the kitchen counter top, and use it when it is defrosted. Or, if on a hurry, I immerse the freezer bags in hot water until the peppers are defrosted (that takes 10 to 15 minutes):


I will come back soon with a couple of ideas on how to use your roasted bell peppers.


The first one is a lovely appetizer that is a great alternative to the typical tomato+mozzarella+basil combo. This is my new favorite!


And the second one is an amazing and versatile roasted red bell pepper pesto that can be eaten as a dip to vegetables, as a topping to crostini, or as a dressing to meats such as salmon, chicken, lamb, pork, or beef - perfect for summer grilling! SO GOOD!




7 comments:

  1. I love roasted red peppers, but never thought of freezing them! Good advice for the summer!

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  2. To remove the skin easier I also put some salt on the peppers. We also make a nice salad of those red roasted peppers..add some chopped garlic, sugar, vinegar, salt and who wants a few drops of olive oil... yummm

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  3. Thankyou! Great ideas. Going to the famers market to buy all I can, as they are in season. Sue N.

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  4. I coat them with olive oil and then broil on all sides. Transfer to a bowl & cover until you can handle them to peel. This makes peeling a lot easier! I also place a strainer over a bowl to catch the seeds and/or skins and then I I have the wonderful juice that I would have lost without using the strainer.

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  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm allergic to tomatoes so I use red peppers as a substitute almost everywhere, but canned roasted red peppers are expensive and I don't always have time to roast them on the spot. This will be super helpful!

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  6. I love u idea i ll try this weeked.. ty so much :)

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