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The Best Method For Preserving Fresh Jalapeños In The Freezer
By Jennifer Waldera
When you have too many fresh jalapeños at home, you can either use them or freeze them for up to a year. If you choose the latter, the best way to preserve fresh jalapeños is by flash-freezing, but before you get started, it's important to rinse the peppers to remove any harmful bacteria.
Remove the stem and the seeds for both whole and sliced jalapeños — wear gloves to protect your hands. Place the whole jalapeños or slices on a baking sheet, put them in the freezer briefly to harden and prevent them from sticking, and finally, place the peppers into freezer bags, ensuring you remove all air from the bag.
Alternatively, if you want to dice the peppers, you can flash-freeze them in ice cube trays. Canned Nation suggests blanching the jalapeños before freezing them to retain more flavor, and if you are slicing the jalapeños before freezing, do so once the peppers have cooled to the touch.