Bell Pepper Basics
Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamins C and B6.
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- Fresh peppers are more available and tastier while in-season during the summer and early fall.
- Choose bell peppers that are firm and heavy for their size with bright coloring and glossy skin.
- If stems are still attached, they should be firm and green.
- Avoid peppers that have thin wrinkled skin or brown patches.
- Buy only what you will use within a week or plan to freeze extras for future use.
Store Well Waste Less
- Keep bell peppers fresh by rinsing just before using.
- Whole bell peppers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- It is easy to freeze peppers for longer storage. Place recipe-sized pieces in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freezeuntil firm, about 1 hour. Move to a labeled freezer container and use within 8 months.
How to Safely Cut Bell Peppers
1. With fingertips curled under, cut off the top of the pepper.
2. Place the cut side down. Then cut one quarter off.
3. Turn and cut off the remaining three sides.
4. Cut off the bottom end of each quarter.
5. Trim off the white membranes and seeds and discard.
6. Cut the four sides into recipe-size pieces.
Enjoy Bell Peppers
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
- wash and clean peppers.
- measure and mix ingredients.
- assemble bell pepper nachos.