The easiest way to freeze chilies is to make a chili paste with lemon juice and salt then freeze in a long log so it is easy to snap off the amount you need. This is a great way to preserve excess chilies from the garden without going to the trouble of canning.
- 225g (8 oz.) Whole Chilies (Any variety can be used)
- ½ Tsp. Lemon Juice
- ½ Tsp. Salt
Equipment and Materials Needed
- Plastic Wrap
- Food Processor or Mortar and Pestle – Try this quality top rated food processor from Amazon. (Paid link)
Time needed: 20 minutes.
How to Freeze Chilies
- Prepare the Chilies
First wash the chilies then cut off the green tops. If using the whole chili place straight into the food processor whole otherwise slice in half lengthways then take out the seeds.
- Creating the Chili Paste
Place the lemon juice and salt in the food processor then blitz until you are happy with the consistency.
For the mortar and pestle you will want to chop up the chili into smaller pieces first to make it easier to grind together with the lemon juice and salt.
The mixture doesn’t have to be a thick paste as long as the chili pieces are chopped up fine.
- Wrapping the Chili Paste
Lay out a length of plastic wrap on your bench then place the paste along one long side. Roll the paste into a log being careful to twist the ends as you go to prevent any juices from leaking out onto your bench.
- Second Wrapping to Prevent Freezer Burn
Lay out another length of plastic wrap then roll up a second time making sure the chili paste is spread evenly along the length of the log. Twist the ends then carefully place into your freezer so it is lying flat.
- Label and Store
Once frozen write the date on the plastic wrap with a permanent marker. Chili will keep up to six months in the freezer.
When needed you can easily snap off or cut off the amount you need. The thinner and longer you make the log the easier it will be to snap off. Untwist the end of the plastic wrap then push the piece out.
You can easily increase the amounts depending on the number of chilies you have.
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