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Old 06-08-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Peppers help please?

Ok so I regularly buy these frozen peppers from my nearest supermarket
Tesco Sliced Mixed Peppers 500G - Groceries - Tesco Groceries

I want to use them in a cold salad, i.e. just let them thaw in the fridge and then eat them in the salad. However, it says do not eat raw.

Should I just do it anyway? I don't understand how a raw pepper can be dangerous. Could it be something to do with a chemical they are frozen with?

Thought I'd ask for any suggestions before I go ahead and eat them defrosted but not cooked.

Peppers are so expensive here these days, and when I'm cooking for one, it makes sense to buy the frozen bags in bulk...

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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They seem to be just yellow, red and green bells. I have no clue why they can't be eaten raw. If they come from China, that would give me pause about eating them raw or cooked.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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If the package tells you that, I would not ignore it.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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Could it be that freezing changes the texture, as such, they'd be mushy eaten in salad, and better for cooking? Maybe that's why the package says what it does, not necessarily that it's dangerous.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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I'm not sure. Usually I boil them and add them to casseroles/stews/salads. But I miss the crunch of a raw pepper.
I can't see how they could cause any harm? They're meant to be boiled before eating, but I don't understand how just thawing them in the fridge could be dangerous?
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #6
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Me either. You may need to rinse them.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #7
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Perhaps the packager is acknowledging there is a contamination possibility without actually saying so.
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Geez, I just read the Tesco page: Warning, do not eat raw. Apparently they're serious! Huh.
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Peppers are so expensive here these days, and when I'm cooking for one, it makes sense to buy the frozen bags in bulk...

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I tend to agree that defrosted peppers will be somewhat mushy and that's probably why they say not to eat them raw. An alternative would be for you to buy fresh peppers when you want the crunch, then either slice and freeze or roast and freeze any leftovers. I'd spread the sliced peppers on a baking sheet for freezing, to prevent them from sticking together in a big clump.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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Now I'm curious. I'll have to check our local brand of frozen pepper strips to see if they have the same caveat.
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