It’s September and we are nearing the end of the bountiful season of vegetables in my neck of the woods. My summer CSA is coming to an end. If you have a garden I bet it is working in overdrive. It is the season of preserving, canning, and freezing. I bet you are up to your eyeballs in tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, cucumbers…. and it would not be very frugal to let it go to waste.
I have been on a freezing binge lately. I especially love freezing product that is at least prepped if not ready to heat and eat. It makes life so much easier.
Here are 3 different ways to freeze jalapenos to enjoy throughout the winter.
1. Diced or Pureed
Simply add jalapenos to food processor or blender. Add a touch of water to help things along. Once they are to your desired consistency, (really fine puree for me) portion into a clean ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop out and into a zip top freezer bag. All portioned and ready to go! Now when you are making a chili, soup, stir fry, fajitas, etc… simply add 1 or 2 to your pan. No need to chop and burn your eyes (if your like me you always end up touching your eyes just before you wash your hands).
I have discovered freezer pickling. Yup, it’s a thing. Found it on pinterest. I use this recipe for the basic ratios of vinegar, sugar, and salt. Simply let it soak for a while in the fridge then transfer to the freezer. Once you are ready to enjoy, defrost in the fridge. The produce stays super crunchy which I LOVE. Works great for jalapenos, cucumbers and radishes. I’ll let you know if I try anything else – you tell me if you try it too!
Yup, you can have these babies on hand at all times. Simply use your favorite recipe and prep all the way to just before you bake them. (I just simply remove the seeds and membrane then filled with a mixture of cream cheese and jalapeno cheddar and wrapped half a slice of bacon around.) Freeze spread out on a sheet tray and then transfer to a zip top freezer bag. Take out 1 or 3 or 17 and bake at 400 either in your oven or your toaster oven.
How do you save the summer vegetable bounty?
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