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  1. #1
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Frozen stuffed peppers

    Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?

    I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    them fresh. But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    and I want to get more. They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    is extraordinarily thick. I've frozen one batch stuffed. I was
    thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    to tinker with dinners. I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? Has
    anyone done it this way?
    Janet US

  2. #2
    Michelle Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On Sep 18, 12:01*pm, Janet Bostwick <nos...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    > seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?
    >
    > *I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    > them fresh. *But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    > and I want to get more. *They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    > is extraordinarily thick. *I've frozen one batch stuffed. *I was
    > thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    > leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    > to tinker with dinners. *I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    > freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? *Has
    > anyone done it this way?
    > Janet US


    I do this all the time. I core and clean the peppers, then pop them in
    the freezer (no need for blanching).

    Come winter, the peppers are thawed and used for stuffed peppers.

    They are a little softer than when you blanch and cook, but still
    good.

    Michelle

  3. #3
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:21:10 -0700 (PDT), Michelle
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sep 18, 12:01*pm, Janet Bostwick <nos...@cableone.net> wrote:
    >> Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    >> seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?
    >>
    >> *I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    >> them fresh. *But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    >> and I want to get more. *They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    >> is extraordinarily thick. *I've frozen one batch stuffed. *I was
    >> thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    >> leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    >> to tinker with dinners. *I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    >> freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? *Has
    >> anyone done it this way?
    >> Janet US

    >
    >I do this all the time. I core and clean the peppers, then pop them in
    >the freezer (no need for blanching).
    >
    >Come winter, the peppers are thawed and used for stuffed peppers.
    >
    >They are a little softer than when you blanch and cook, but still
    >good.
    >
    >Michelle


    O.k., One step easier. Thanks.
    Janet US

  4. #4
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    Janet Bostwick wrote:
    > Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    > seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?
    >
    > I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    > them fresh. But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    > and I want to get more. They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    > is extraordinarily thick. I've frozen one batch stuffed. I was
    > thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    > leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    > to tinker with dinners. I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    > freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? Has
    > anyone done it this way?
    > Janet US


    We've been buying a lot of peppers from Winco. The prices are unbelievable!
    We just have to check them really well because they're not always fresh. At
    our store, the bulk of them are not refrigerated.

    I don't know the answer to your question. I have never tried that. I would
    think if you stuffed them first and froze them, it would work. Because you
    can buy frozen ones that way.

    My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    price. But she cuts hers in strips.



  5. #5
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    Michelle wrote:

    >On Sep 18, 12:01*pm, Janet Bostwick <nos...@cableone.net> wrote:
    >> Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    >> seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?
    >>
    >> *I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    >> them fresh. *But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    >> and I want to get more. *They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    >> is extraordinarily thick. *I've frozen one batch stuffed. *I was
    >> thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    >> leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    >> to tinker with dinners. *I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    >> freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? *Has
    >> anyone done it this way?
    >> Janet US

    >
    >I do this all the time. I core and clean the peppers, then pop them in
    >the freezer (no need for blanching).
    >
    >Come winter, the peppers are thawed and used for stuffed peppers.
    >
    >They are a little softer than when you blanch and cook, but still
    >good.
    >
    >Michelle


    Freezing empty peppers is a big waste of freezer space... prepare the
    cooked stuffed peppers and then freeze a ready to reheat meal. If you
    freeze all those peppers empty you'll probably eventually throw them
    into the trash, when each time you think to make them anticipating all
    that work will put you off, five years later you'd still be thinking
    you'll make stuffed peppers, NOT! If I had a whole lot of bell
    peppers (and I have) I'd cut em into chunks and fry them with onions
    and freeze servings in zip-locs (takes little freezer space), then
    they'd only need a quick nuke to top a saw-seege sandwhich, even a
    tube steak, would be nice on a burger, even on a pizza, aye carrumba,
    they'd be mucho grande on nachos.

  6. #6
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >
    > Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    > seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?


    I've frozen them whole before. Thaw when you are ready to make stuffed
    peppers, THEN top off and seeded. Blanching makes no improvement if you
    will be making stuffed peppers. The peppers are all soft anyway by the time
    they're done. YMMV but I've done blanched before and noticed no difference.

    Also, if you have limited freezer space, just top and seed them and cut into
    slices and freeze. When you are ready to make stuffed peppers, just thaw
    them and add in the stuffing ingredients to make a "stuffed pepper
    casserole." Top with cheese or whatever you like to do. That casserole
    won't be as visually appealing as individual stuffed peppers but the taste
    will be the same.

    G.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:25:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    > price. But she cuts hers in strips.


    No need to do that when she can buy a 1 lb bag of multicolored bell
    pepper strips from TJ's freezer section at such a good price.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  8. #8
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:25:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    > > price. But she cuts hers in strips.

    >
    > No need to do that when she can buy a 1 lb bag of multicolored bell
    > pepper strips from TJ's freezer section at such a good price.



    "TJ sucks, imo" hehehehh

    And you were the only correct one, Barbara, from all that I had heard, I was
    under the impression that it was no more than some discount grocery store.
    It really doesn't suck, imo, that subject line was just to attract attention
    and also to trick Tommy Joe into thinking I was talking about him.

    Also...that "greek feta cheese dressing" that I bought and wasn't
    impressed? It was great for dip for pizza. I also complained that it was
    nothing more than ranch dressing with feta cheese blended in? Last saturday
    (at my regular grocery store) I bought ranch dressing and some real feta
    cheese. I think I liked the TJ brand better. It was a good price too.

    G.

  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:12:54 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > sf wrote:
    > >
    > > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:25:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > > My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    > > > price. But she cuts hers in strips.

    > >
    > > No need to do that when she can buy a 1 lb bag of multicolored bell
    > > pepper strips from TJ's freezer section at such a good price.

    >
    >
    > "TJ sucks, imo" hehehehh
    >
    > And you were the only correct one, Barbara, from all that I had heard, I was
    > under the impression that it was no more than some discount grocery store.
    > It really doesn't suck, imo, that subject line was just to attract attention
    > and also to trick Tommy Joe into thinking I was talking about him.
    >
    > Also...that "greek feta cheese dressing" that I bought and wasn't
    > impressed? It was great for dip for pizza. I also complained that it was
    > nothing more than ranch dressing with feta cheese blended in? Last saturday
    > (at my regular grocery store) I bought ranch dressing and some real feta
    > cheese. I think I liked the TJ brand better. It was a good price too.
    >

    You'll find little things here and there that will eventually hook
    you. TJ's is insidious that way! My current downfall is their answer
    to a bear claw - called Almond Ring Danish
    <http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1A1U-k7ZQ-Y/TrFU_Qfs_-I/AAAAAAAABiI/sDsl10bv0ZM/s640/IMG_2510.JPG>
    The other thing I like a whole bunch is their 1lb container of hummus
    (plain has plenty of garlic for me).
    <http://lh5.ggpht.com/-Cvm2BLyEQhU/T-TbDZxrbrI/AAAAAAAASuA/cUwAeqpRDg8/June%2525202012%252520449%25255B2%25255D.jpg>



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    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:10:55 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:25:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    > > price. But she cuts hers in strips.

    >
    > No need to do that when she can buy a 1 lb bag of multicolored bell
    > pepper strips from TJ's freezer section at such a good price.


    Weird... this reply seems to be sitting in my outbox (unsent). I
    wonder what happened?

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  11. #11
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:25:30 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> My husband's aunt always freezes peppers when she can get them for a good
    >> price. But she cuts hers in strips.

    >
    > No need to do that when she can buy a 1 lb bag of multicolored bell
    > pepper strips from TJ's freezer section at such a good price.


    There are no TJ's where she lives. But I would suspect that she often gets
    them for free. The part of PA where they live is very different from here.
    People often pay for things with produce. Many people have gardens there.



  12. #12
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Frozen stuffed peppers

    On 9/18/2012 1:01 PM, Janet Bostwick wrote:
    > Have any of you prepared the green bell peppers for stuffing(top off,
    > seeded and blanched) and then frozen the peppers that way?
    >
    > I've never done any kind of frozen stuffed peppers; I've always made
    > them fresh. But this year the bell peppers at Winco are outstanding
    > and I want to get more. They are huge with flat bottoms and the flesh
    > is extraordinarily thick. I've frozen one batch stuffed. I was
    > thinking of freezing the empty peppers so that I would have more
    > leeway for fillings later on and I would also still have the ability
    > to tinker with dinners. I know the pepper flesh with soften from the
    > freezing, but will they still make tolerable stuffed peppers? Has
    > anyone done it this way?
    > Janet US
    >


    I'm not a pepper fan but this year I decided to try making them part of
    my diet to replace other foods with veggies. I made up a batch of
    stuffed peppers and froze them in single serving sizes in foodsaver
    bags. worked out very well. Reheated they tasted almost the same as
    when I'd made them fresh.


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