Summer is closing it's doors.
School has started.
Nights are getting chillier.
Days are slowly dropping in degrees.
My favorite shows will be starting soon.
Gardens are thinning out.
Since I don't live somewhere warm and mild all year, it is almost time to bid adieu to fresh produce.
Adieu fresh, beautiful, lovely produce...
When will I see you again?
Please don't go...
Hey, how about you stay?
Let's strike deal. You will go in the freezer and I will partake of your lovely freshness all winter long.
Anyone else wondering why the heck I am talking to peppers?
I am losing both my fresh produce AND my marbles.
But seriously, do you get sad when fresh produce starts getting hard to find?
Why freeze them o'course.
Now, obviously, you can't freeze all produce. But for the stuff you can, get your freeze on and enjoy all winter long.
Let's talk about freezing peppers.
First, wash your fresh peppers.
Cut off the tops.
Cut them in half.
Careful of those spicy little seeds.
Clean 'em out by cutting out the seeds and membranes.
Then dice them all up.
Lay them out flat on a cookie sheet.
Place them in the freezer and let them chill out (hahaha...sorry I had to) until they are completely frozen..
Then put them in a labeled freezer bag and promptly store in your freezer.
Then on some winter day when you need fresh peppers for, oh I don't know, taco soup, chili, salsa, anything pepper-riffic, you will be able to go to the freezer grab some peppers, reminisce a little, and then cook them up.
Go on now, stock up your freezer. Come Winter you will be glad you did.