Preserving Your Peppers

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If you have a garden this year, then hopefully your yard is overflowing with beautiful vegetables! And if you can't eat enough to keep the harvest from spoiling, you might be in need of a way to keep your peppers! Here are the best ways to preserve peppers so that you can enjoy them for months to come. You can also do a little of each method, processing a little at a time.

Dehydrating. Drying peppers is fairly easy. Dehydrated peppers take up less space because they are shriveled. Use a dehydrator to dry the peppers. Once you are ready to use them, soak them in hot water! 

Freezing. Freezing peppers is easy because it doesn't take too much extra work. Just simply cut the peppers into smaller pieces and place them on a cookie sheet. They should be free of seeds. Freeze them on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a ziploc. For an even better pepper, try vacuum-sealing.

Canning. Canning allows you to use your peppers for months to come. You can can peppers alone or can them as pickled peppers. Canned peppers are perfect for soups, stews, casseroles and sandwiches. For a step-by-step on canning, click here.

Enjoy your fresh peppers and keep some around for the winter as well!

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