A Peck of Peppers

On my list to do this year was to get to the Amish area south of us and buy some produce.  This time of year, it’s so cheap and so delicious.  One thing to do was to get peppers and onions.  My plan was to cut them up and bag them and freeze them for some quick fajita meals this winter.  I told Kalissa what my plan was and she was excited about it too.

The Amish area is beautiful this time of year.  I didn’t take pictures as I was too “in the moment”.  We regularly shop the “bent and dent” grocery stores there, get goodies from the bakery and pick up produce in season.

I got HUGE bags of onions for $6…It’s 10 pounds worth.

and a whole LARGE box of peppers for $9.  I counted and there were 54 peppers in my box!!!!  That figures out to be 16 cents per pepper!!


Our car was PACKED by the time we headed home!!

We had the boys with when we went and on the way home stopped at the park in Fairbanks.

I try really hard when I can to take pictures of my daughters with their kiddos.  I know so often there husbands don’t.  I don’t want them to end up like me with no pictures of us together.


I couldn’t decide which was my favorite so included them all.


Once I got home I started in on the onions and peppers.  Thankfully the onions were “crying” onions.


I’m was about half done and decided to quit.  Here’s my haul…. I have 12 bags all finished.  I put one onion in each bag and then I put in two or three peppers depending on the size of the peppers.


I don’t do anything more than cut them and freeze them.  When they unthaw they are soft but that’s all okay.  I want them soft for fajitas anyway.  Now they only really need to be warmed and spiced up.  Over the winter peppers get so expensive.  If I buy and process them now, it’s a big money and time saver later in the year.

I’ll finish cutting up the rest one day this week.  Hopefully Karl will be home and can be my helper.  It would go really fast then.

It was a fun day…I’m hoping to go again soon and get mums.  They had a couple there this time around but they were white and white isn’t my favorite.  That’s okay.  I have an excuse to go again.

…and that’s my story about my peck of peppers…or is that two pecks worth?

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13 thoughts on “A Peck of Peppers

  1. Nancy

    My family likes stuffed bell pepper soup. I use the Taste of Home recipe. When I have a recipe that doesn’t use all the bell pepper, I freeze the rest. When I have a good amount of green, red, orange, yellow bell peppers, I’ll make the soup in a crockpot. I put the cooked rice in the bottom of the individual soup bowl and pour the soup over the rice, otherwise the rice can disintegrate.

  2. Donna T

    Great idea to have the bulk of the work done for winter fajitas! Please do an update on Karl and his new job! I hope he’s loving it! And neighbor girl too!

  3. Marianne Barta

    What a great day with your daughter and kiddos. Love your idea of freezing the peppers and onions.
    We also will have to do an Amish Run for veggies. Prayers and Hugs for you and family

  4. Linda White

    I also cut and freeze peppers and onions for cooking. I leave some larger, like yours, but I also dice some up small to use in recipes like spaghetti sauce and casseroles.
    Another trick I do, to speed up the cooking process is I mince onions with bacon in my food processor and freeze that. I use this in other recipes that call for the onion but not the peppers, such as scalloped potatoes, creamed potatoes, etc. I press it out flat in the plastic freezer bags and freeze it. It is very easy to just break off a piece the size I need and seal the zipper bag back up.
    This works best if the bacon is slightly frozen when you chop it.

  5. Rosie Westerhold

    Nancy,

    I would LVE the recipe for stuffed bell pepper soup. Sounds WONDERFUL! Would you please share?

  6. Priscilla

    You can also use the peppers and onions with sausage! A great meal! How fun you were able to go to the Amish for your veggies. Wish we had them out here in CA…

  7. Penny J Holliday

    Jo! What a productive & fun day out! Love all the pictures! Kalissa ~ You are looking great!

  8. Cherie in St Louis

    Hey, hey, is Gannon a St Louis Blues fan? My niece has a Blues Stanley Cup championship onesie ;-) She’s just as cute as Gannon in it too ;-)

  9. Connie

    I cut up my onions and celery from the garden and freeze them together. Great for soups and casseroles!

  10. Judith Fairchild

    Marvelous idea for having the peppers and onions on hand in the freezer. I enjoy omelets with peppers onions mushrooms and tomatoes. It would be worth the time spent. Thanks. Please would you post your fajita recipe sometime soon

  11. Lace Faerie

    This is the time of year, when things are coming ripe that I feel the urge to start putting things up for later use! My sissy calls it squirreling urge! As in squirreling food away! Haha
    We would both be in heaven if we had an Amish community close by…we always love great produce buys!

    Today I had a bowl of cherry and grape tomatoes that were very ripe and needed to be used. Granddaughter gobbled some down like I was handing out candy, with plenty left over. I put them into my enamel Dutch oven casserole, added an chopped onion, fresh garlic and diced zucchini. Generously drizzled with olive oil, salt and fresh ground black pepper. I let them roast for about an hour and a half. I kind of smashed then a bit and they are going to make a great topper for pasta and rice. I put them into wide mouth pint jars and froze them for later use.

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