I had a pound of fresh habanero peppers! Yes, you hear me right – one pound!!! It would be appreciated if you could do me a favor and don’t ask me WHY!

I have very complicated feelings about these orange little babies. One part of me is extremely fond of them as I love the heat they bring to my dishes. The other part of me is afraid of touching them because once I got them in the eye and it turned my day into a dramatic disaster…Good thing was that my eye exam appointment was scheduled for the next day and the doctor said my eyes look very healthy. Thank God! I thought I was going blind…

I still wanted to keep these dangerous little guys for as long as possible. I needed to find a way, a simple and a quick way, to store them. Here’s what I did based on my research:

  1. Wash habanero peppers individually. Lay them on paper towel for a couple of hours until they are dry.
  2. Put them in a ziploc bag and zip it up.
  3. Stick the bag of cleaned fresh habanero peppers into the freezer. Done!

I have had them for weeks by now. Every time I want them to flavor my food with the hottest taste, I go take out one or two and rinse them with warm water for a few seconds until they are not rock hard anymore. Well, no matter how badly I want them, I still don’t want to touch them because of that remarkable experience. I am totally scared for life…

How To Store Fresh Habanero Peppers

This is when my veggie chopper comes in handy. To minimize my touches to habanero peppers, I always throw things like onions, celeries or avocados, etc. into the veggie chopper together with the peppers. It chops for me. Problem solved!

I am not entirely sure how long habanero peppers can last by freezing them. But as far as I know, I have had my one-pound since July 28, 2013. I just checked my order history in Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service. Wow, it’s been almost a month now. They still have the fresh, orange look and peacefully stay in my freezer. Of course, I don’t have one pound of them anymore because I have been using them in my daily cooking.

How To Store Fresh Habanero Peppers

Wait a second, did I just tell you how I got my sh*t load of habanero peppers??!! OK, I accidentally ordered one pound from Instacart. End of story!

You know what I am going to do after I finish the ones in my freezer? BUY ANOTHER POUND! Why not? It’s so convenient to have them around, right? 😛

Do you have a better way to store fresh habanero peppers? If so, I would like to hear from you! 🙂

15 thoughts on “How To Store Fresh Habanero Peppers”

  1. I grew 2 plants just to see if I could grow them. I have zero tolerance for spicy food so I knew I’d have to find people to give them to. This last bunch I just picked is homeless. I won’t throw away they are too perfect!
    Thanks for the info, I will clean them and dry them and pop them in the freezer for when someone asks for some, or I find a home for them.

      1. Hi Jen, I think so because I use this method to store bird’s eye chili as well. I don’t see why it won’t work for Hot Portugal peppers.

  2. When washing, do you used a vinegar bath or anything else in the water? My habaneros are coming from my garden; I’m in Virginia – and still I have a ton of flowers and peppers, some are orange and some are still green.

    1. Hi Joy, when washing, I literally just rinse them under running water. After frozen, I rinse however many peppers I want to use under warm running water to defrost them quickly. Hope this helps. Love that you grow your own peppers! I’d make a ton of habanero sauce if I knew how to grow them. 🙂

  3. Just for everyone’s info, I had over 1,000 hab peppers in my freezer, frozen just as described above, for WELL OVER A YEAR. I thawed them, rinsed them, and used them. They were completely fine. I was amazed! (And I made a LOT of hot sauce!)

    1. Thanks, Shawn for the info! Freezing fresh peppers works very well. I bought a bunch of fresh Thai chili peppers before and stored them in the freezer for a very very long time. They were totally fine.

    1. Yes, I do defrost them before cooking. I usually just grab the stem and rinse one under warm water for a couple seconds before cooking. Hope that’s helpful.

  4. Yes – use gloves to pick or buy – String through their stems above the fruit. Hang with space between each one. One to two weeks to dry. Pack in airtight container out of light and heat. Nothin’ to it my dear………

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