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?
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.
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.