Quality: Select crisp, tender, green or bright red pods.
Wash, cut out stems, cut in half and remove seeds. If desired, cut into 1/2-inch strips or rings.
Heated (Blanched prior to packaging) - Good for use in cooking. Use one gallon water per pound of prepared produce. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Put the produce in the boiling water. Place a lid on the pan. The water should return to a boil within 1 minute or you are adding too much produce for the amount of boiling water. Start counting blanching time as soon as the water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for the time given for the produce you are blanching.
Unheated (Frozen without blanching) – Good for use in uncooked foods because they have a crisper texture, or in cooked foods. Package raw, leaving no headspace. Seal and freeze.
Water blanching: Water blanch halves 3 minutes, strips or rings 2 minutes. Cool promptly, drain and package, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.