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How to Store Bell Peppers

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Storing Fresh Bell Peppers

Bell peppers need to be completely dry when stored in the refrigerator to discourage the formation of mold.  Many will suggest that you not wash fresh vegetables prior to refrigeration storage.  With any number of bacteria that may be present on fresh vegetables, especially those that come from the garden, they should be thoroughly cleaned before introducing them to a refrigerator filled with fresh food that could become contaminated.  You just need to make sure that they are fully dry prior to storage.

For best results, store fresh peppers whole.

Storing Frozen Bell Peppers

Peppers can be frozen but will lose their crispness. If freezing, they are best used cooked.  To freeze, wash and dry your peppers.  Cut them in half, then remove the stem, seeds, and membranes.  Prepare in the manner in which they will be used, such as dicing or strips.

Peppers require tray freezing prior to final storage in the freezer.  To tray freeze, lay the prepared peppers in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.  Keep them in the freezer until fully frozen.  Once frozen, place them in a freezer bag (or any freezer safe container), remove the air from the bag, and freeze.

Bell Pepper Storage Life

Fresh bell peppers.  If green peppers are prepared properly and stored in a refrigerator at 40°F, they will last up to one week.  Colorful peppers, such as yellow and red, are peppers that are riper than green ones.  This means that they will spoil faster.  Use colorful peppers within a few days.

Frozen bell peppers.  If peppers are prepared properly and stored in a freezer at 0°F, their freezer storage life is eight to twelve months.

Resources

“Freezing Sweet or Bell and Hot | UNL Food | University of Nebraska-Lincoln.” Freezing Sweet or Bell and Hot | UNL Food | University of Nebraska-Lincoln. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2014. <http://food.unl.edu/preservation/freezing-peppers>.

“Peppers: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.” University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2014. <http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/uc_davis/uc_davis_peppers.pdf>.

“Refrigerator/Freezer Approximate Storage Times.” National Center for Home Food Preservation. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2014. <http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/store/ksu_refrig_freeze.pdf>.

 

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