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LOVE RED BELL PEPPERS? FREEZE ‘EM FOR WINTER USE

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If you love the sweet flavor of ripe red bell peppers, this is the time of year to stock up. They have more antioxidant vitamins than green bell peppers (both are loaded with vitamin C).

For roasted red bells, broil the peppers until the skins char and pop them in a paper bag to steam for a few minutes, loosening the skin. Cut into strips, package in freezer-proof plastic and freeze. Use the roasted peppers in antipasto, pizzas and pastas. Casseroles and vegetable dishes also benefit, especially the ones that call for costly canned pimento.For less work now, just take out the stems, seeds and ribs of the ripe red peppers to make pepper cups. Stack and freeze. You don't have to blanch bell peppers before freezing; they're one of the few vegetable exceptions to that rule. This winter, you'll have pepper cups for stuffing, baking or microwaving.