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Aug 22, 2007 07:14 AM

Can I freeze Hatch chilis?

My grocery store has a sale on Hatches this week. We almost never get them at all here so I was wondering if I could buy up a large quantity and freeze them.

How would I go about doing it the best way and how long will they last in the freezer?

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  1. They can be frozen but you want to grill or broil them until the skins blister then remove the skin. If you pack them into a freezer bag in one lump you will have a tough time getting them apart, so I would suggest laying them out on a cookie sheet or similar and freezing them individually, then packing them into a freezer bag.

    I did this one summer with a half crate of hatch chilis and they kept for 4-5 months. But we ate them all the time, so I'm not sure if they would have lasted longer.

    1. Or you can buy them roasted and frozen:

      I have found that when I buy hot peppers at the local market and freeze them just as they are, they seem to do just fine. I take them out frozen and slice or dice them for whatever. Word of caution though - they seem to get hotter the longer they are frozen! Freezing seems to "distill" some of the water from the pepper leaving the hot oil even more intense.