OK, Pepper People, I have a question. Has anyone else out there frozen their hot peppers whole and had the capsaicin permeate the rest of the pepper making the whole thing extremely hot? I had a really good jalapeño crop the other year and stuffed and baked MANY during the season. Come the fall, I still had almost 200 to work with and many other things to do. So I just threw them in the freezer in bags. When I went to use them, I removed the ribs and seeds. As I was doing so, the liquid that was defrosting ran down my forearms and legs, causing rashes that evening. And the stuffed peppers I made from them - couldn't even eat them they were so hot. Yet those same peppers off the same plants before freezing were fine. I removed the seeds and ribs from the last batch, and blanched them with a touch of sugar.
Anyone else have the same problem? If so, how did you remedy it?
Since peppers are so expensive I buy them at the farmers market and freeze enough to get me through the winter, I also freeze fiddle heads and beet greens , and peas if I find asparagus on sale I freeze those also.I will can corn ,beets,string beans ,carrots among other things.I try to freeze as much as I can to get us through the winter with the price of oil this winter need to do all I can this summer to be able to focus on the oil and gas this winter.
I froze almost all of my beets last season. I washed them, put in oiled roasting pan and covered with aluminum foil - roasted till tender (some were big so it took a while). Slipped the skins off and froze on half sheet pans on parchment (probably not necessary). When hard, packed in plastic ziplocks. I am able to remove what I need and lightly defrost in microwave before using for whatever. I love the concentrated flavor one gets with roasting rather than boiling!
I have always canned them also. Just talked with my Mom and she says she freezes them. Cut tops off, cook until done...cool, cut up and freeze. Sounds simple enough. So, that is how I'm going to do the two pans that I just cooked. Letting them cool now and then will put them in the freezer.
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