How to Freeze Poblano Peppers (3 best methods)


You'll learn:

• What are poblano peppers? • 3 best ways to freeze them • How to thaw them out properly • Other ways to store poblanos

What is a poblano pepper?

• Mild Mexican chili pepper. • On the Scoville scale (which measures the heat of peppers), they fall in the 1,500 to 4,000 range.  • That's 2-3 times milder than jalapeno peppers. • They can be eaten raw, stuffed, and roasted.  • Dried poblanos are called ancho chiles.

3 best ways to freeze poblano peppers

Method 1: 

Step 1 – Thoroughly wash the fresh peppers. Step 2 – Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the peppers on it. Step 3 – Freeze them for 1-2 hours. Step 4 – Transfer them to heavy-duty freezer bags or a freezer-safe airtight container.

Freezing raw whole poblanos

Method 2: 

Step 1 – Wash and slice the fresh poblanos in halves or strips. Remove the seeds and stem. Step 2 – Flash freeze for about an hour. Step 3 – Transfer the frozen peppers to a freezer-safe container. Step 4 – Date the bag or container.

Freezing raw sliced poblanos

Method 3: 

Step 1 – Allow the peppers to cool completely to room temperature. Step 2 – Remove the stem and seeds. Step 3 – Slice and place in freezer-safe plastic bags or containers. Poblano peppers can keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Freezing roasted poblanos

• Frozen poblano slices can be added directly to soups and stews. They'll thaw during cooking. • Otherwise, let them thaw in the fridge for several hours. This will keep them cold and limit the risk of them getting mushy while defrosting.

How to thaw frozen poblanos

Fresh poblano peppers will keep for up to 1 week in the vegetable crisper in the fridge. • Roasted poblanos can stay good for up to 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container. • Dried poblanos can keep for up to 1 year if stored in a cool, dry place.

Other ways to store poblanos