I used to think I had zero interest in eating spicy food but over the years that opinion has changed dramatically! I’m not talking about those crazy dishes that leave you sweating and gasping for air, but some kick to food makes it interesting and remarkably satisfying. Jalapenos are perfect for adding this spice to everyday meals.
The pepper itself has a mild but slightly spicy taste while the seeds are what really heat up the flavor. Therefore, you have total control with regards to the level of hotness in your food. Simply add or subtract the amount of seeds that you want in your dish.
The health benefits of jalapeno peppers are astounding! They promote weight loss because they contain a chemical called capsaicin which is what makes the peppers spicy. Capsaicin is used in weight loss pills and supplements but you can get it naturally in peppers.
Capsaicin is also an anti-inflammatory which is great for those suffering with arthritis. Jalapenos are also noted to kill some cancer cells, reduce headaches, help with nasal congestion, prevent ulcers, lower blood pressure, aid with fluid loss, and lower the risk of heart attack.
Of course, cooking with jalapenos is the easiest way to get all those benefits. Jalapenos are so versatile! As they are a relatively low heat pepper, they can really spice up a dish without overpowering the whole meal. Add them to Mexican dishes or simple salads for a healthy, tasty add-in.
So, bring on the peppers!
Can You Freeze Jalapenos?
Do you find yourself wishing at a moments notice that you had a jalapeno on hand with no luck? Well, stock up when they are on sale at the supermarket or even try your hand at growing them (super easy to do!) because jalapenos are easy to freeze! Spend a little time up front and have those zingy little peppers on hand whenever you feel like a little spice.
How To Freeze Jalapenos
The process of freezing jalapenos really couldn’t be easier!
- Wash and dry them well before freezing.
- At this point you have a choice to make. You can think about how you will use the jalapenos when thawed. You can choose to slice, dice, or leave the pepper whole depending on how you plan to use the jalapeno when thawed.
- Simply place your prepared peppers in a freezer safe bag and seal, removing as much air as possible.
- Label and date the bag and put in the freezer. The jalapenos will last happily for 12 months in the freezer.
Please note, that if your choose to freeze the jalapenos whole, you can skin them first but the skins will slip off very easily when they thaw so it is really not necessary.
How To Thaw Jalapeno Peppers
To thaw the frozen peppers, simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator. If you will be cooking the peppers are are in a rush, just toss them right into the dish and let them cook with the rest of the food.
For some ideas on how to use your jalapenos check out 10 Ways to Use a Huge Jalapeno Harvest.