How to freeze stuffed peppers?

2ajsmamaOctober 29, 2011

I've got the rice made, going to brown the ground turkey, but was wondering if I should blanch the bell peppers b4 stuffing and freezing (I never blanch when cooking, they do fine just baked)? I'm going to freeze them in foil pans, so won't be just warming in MW, will be baking them straight from freezer.

It's snowing here and I'm trying to get these done quickly, and not put hot things in the freezer either in case we lose power tonight - could get over 1 ft!

Thanks

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

You can do them either way - all ingredients except rice frozen uncooked (raw) or frozen with all ingredients half-way cooked. You can even freeze them in baking dishes with the tomato sauce and all ready to pop into the oven.

My personal preference is cooked rice, lightly browned beef and onions (not fully cooked), stuff the blanched and cooled peppers, pour on the tomato sauce and freeze it all.

But I would blanch the peppers if planing to freeze. Destroys the enzymes that can cause early spoilage.

Dave

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 2:36PM
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2ajsmama

Thanks Dave - I've frozen cooked rice with raw meat and seasonings when I've had extra (I don't brown the meat when I'm cooking stuffed peppers or cabbage), but I've never frozen stuffed peppers before, and though I froze leftover stuffed cabbage after it was cooked, the reheated version was soggy and I didn't want that to happen to these peppers. I think I'll skip the tomato sauce (add when defrosted) for the same reason.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 3:00PM
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