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How To Store Green Peppers For Maximum Freshness?

How To Store Green Peppers

Knowing how to store green peppers for maximum freshness is important if you want to maximize there use.

Many people will buy a bunch of green peppers at the supermarket and think that because they are green, they will last forever.

Just so you know, a green pepper is a bell pepper before it is fully ripe. Until it eventually turns red it will undergo different color transformations including green,  yellow, orange and red.

As a kid growing up on a farm, my parents were almost one hundred percent self sufficient. And peppers, large and small, sweet and hot made up a good part of the garden.

My favorites were the large bell peppers. My mom was an Italian immigrant. The two favorite ways I loved them cooked were roasted on an open fire and then prepared with olive oil and parsley, and stuffed.

Mom brought all of her immense Italian cooking knowledge with her when she immigrated. A large reason for the peppers tasting so good when we ate them was, the way she stored them.

How Do You Know When A Green Pepper Is Ripe?

I’ve got some tips on how to store green peppers. Actually, you’ll benefit from this even if they are fully ripe.

But before that, while this article is about storing bell peppers, just so you are not confused, let me tell you how to know when a green pepper is ripe? As I mentioned above, a green pepper is basically an unripe bell pepper.

Peppers come into season at different times depending on where they’re grown. In my experience, bell peppers tend to peak around mid-summer, while jalapeños start coming in about late spring and early summer.

Peppers Growing In Pots
Peppers grow well in pots inside…

How do you know when a bell pepper is ripe? The best way to tell if your bell peppers have ripened fully is by looking at the stem end of the fruit. If it’s soft and squishy like an apple or banana, then they’re ready for eating!

You can also use this method on other fruits such as tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.

When in doubt about whether something has matured enough, just taste it! It should be sweet but not too sweet.

How To Store Green Peppers?

Okay, now you know when a bell pepper is ripe. But how do you store a green pepper if you either pick them or buy them before they fully ripen?

The first thing you have to decide is when you intend on using the peppers. Do you plan to use them several months “down the track” or within the next one to two weeks?

On the farm, much of our food was preserved. But we always had bell peppers on hand in one form or another. If you want to store your peppers for the long term, the short answer is to can them, freeze them or dehydrate them.

Dehydration is an amazing technology available today and one I wish was around in the sixties and seventies for the average person.

Maybe it was but where we lived, news and breakthroughs took a long time reaching us! It’s not in the scope of this article to give you a full lesson in canning or dehydrating your peppers.

Click here if you’re thinking it’s time to buy a dehydrator. The Cosori comes highly recommended.

How To Store Green Peppers For The Short Term?

Now, how do you store a green pepper if you either pick them or buy them before they fully ripen for the short term?

This is pretty straightforward. If I can give you some well worn advice. Don’t over buy large peppers. Buy what you think you’ll use within the next week or two.

If there is a sale on and you want to maximize your savings, then by all means store them. Here are eight quick-fire storing tips for storing green bell peppers for the short term.

Pepper Seedlings
Pepper seedlings in an outside garden… 

1. Store your peppers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days after picking or buying.

2. If you’re going to use them within two to three days of buying, then keep them at room temperature.

3. You can also freeze them and they will last longer than refrigerating. Just make sure that you don’t thaw them out completely because you’ll lose some of their flavor.

4. To remove any seeds from your pepper, just cut off the stem end and pull on it until all the seeds come out. Then rinse with cold water.

5. After rinsing, dry the pepper thoroughly by patting it down with paper towels. This helps prevent mold growth later on.

6. Place the dried pepper into an airtight container such as Tupperware or a Ziploc bag. Make sure there’s enough space so that the peppers don’t touch each other.

7. Add about one quarter cup of vegetable oil to the bottom of the storage container. The oil prevents moisture build-up which could cause mold.

8. Put the lid on tightly and place the container back into the fridge.

Your peppers should be good to go! Enjoy this delicious side dish anytime throughout the next week or two.

What’s the Difference Between Peppers And Bell Peppers?

It’s amazing how many people just want to know the answer to this question. I say, just enjoy them.

Actually, to tell you the truth, I wanted to know too so for what it’s worth, here is the answer I was given.

The terms “pepper” and “bell pepper” refer to different types of fruits. They have similar names because they look alike. However, their botanical families differ. Peppers belong to the genus Capsicum while bell peppers belong to the Capsicum annuum family.

Bell peppers come in many colors including red, orange, yellow and green. These colors result from variations in pigments that give them color. Some varieties are also striped or spotted with other colors.

Sweet peppers include varieties such as bell, poblano, anaheim, banana, cherry, cubanelle and pepperoncini. Most sweet peppers can be eaten raw but some require cooking.

Hot peppers contain capsaicin which gives them heat. This chemical compound makes people feel warm when it comes into contact with skin. Just be careful eating too much of these spicy foods if you are not used to the heat.

A bell pepper looks a little like a small cucumber. Both are harvested before or at maturity. But unlike cucumbers, most bell peppers do not store well after picking. You should eat fresh ones within two to three days if stored properly.

So use the tips above to make sure you have healthy bell or green peppers on hand when you need them.

One more thing. Red peppers contain the most nutrition if you were wondering. And why wouldn’t you. Actually, it’s not that they are naturally more nutritious than the other colored variety of bell peppers, but that they are left on the vine longer.

JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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