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Old 02-11-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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What's the best way to store bell peppers?

Do you put your peppers in the fridge when you bring them home? Would they stay fresh longer if I did? I keep them in my fruit bowl (cool area no direct sunlight) and when I buy them they are not refrigerated.

Me confused...

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Old 02-11-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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I keep mine out of the fridge in a shady spot. Never put tomatoes in the fridge either. Peppers and tomatoes seem to stay sweeter if they're not chilled.
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:08 PM   #3
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Put those peppers in the refrigerator! Produce of that type is in the 90% range just water...At room temperature the peppers are losing moisture big time...causing them to shrivel...Put them in your crisper!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:20 PM   #4
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The peppers I KNOW I'm going to use within about a week I keep in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator.

Most of the time, I will cut the peppers into quarters and freeze them. Even though they've been frozen, I have never had a problem using them in stir-fry dishes, soups, stews, casseroles, meat loaf, etc. I just don't use them in salads or in recipes where it is obvious the pepper should be market fresh. Been doing this for close to 30 years with no problems.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #5
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Thanks kids! They are now happily in the crisper staying nice and cool!!!
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i keep my peppers in the fridge..always have.

Katie when you freeze the peppers do they change in color? And don't they get a bit "squishy"
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Katie when you freeze the peppers do they change in color? And don't they get a bit "squishy"
There has never been a change in color. They don't really get "squishy." As they thaw they do give off some of their moisture so I thaw them on some paper towels and let the towels absorb it. Actually, I've discovered they are much easier to mince/chop when they're slightly frozen.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:02 PM   #8
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I always keep mine in the fridge as well, where they seem to keep quite nicely for up to 2 weeks without getting "squishy". I just make sure the bag they're in is either open or has a hole in it somewhere to allow air exchange.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:20 PM   #9
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In the fridge. Definitely. If suddenly you can't use them up, either freeze instrips, as someone suggested, for cooked dishes, or roast them and freeze for roasted peppers (usually red).
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thanks katie i'm going to have to try and freeze some,don't always have them when i want them.How long can they stay in the freezer?
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