Bell Peppers are delicious and healthy, but when you cut them up the seeds can make a real mess. Learn the fastest way to chop up a bell pepper in the videos below.
The short version is 38 seconds long and will show you 4 different ways to slice a pepper.
The long version is 4 minutes long and will walk you through all the steps.
Bell peppers are one of my go to vegetables on a weekly basis. They are irreplaceable in fajitas and stir-fries and make a great snack with a side of hummus.
At grocery stores you can commonly find green, red, orange, and yellow but if you’ve ever wandered around a farmers market in the summer you’ve probably seen multicolored peppers ranging from pale yellow to deep purple and chocolate brown.
A Little Bit of History
Peppers (aka Capsicums) belong in the nightshade family, which includes chili peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes. They were originally cultivated in South and Central America but are now a major part of cuisines around the world.
Peppers are essentially hollow berries with thin crisp walls of storage cells. The bell pepper, which is eaten as a vegetable, is actually quite sweet because it has been breed to contain less capsaicin (the compound which makes chili peppers spicy).
Vegetables are good for you!
According to the world’s healthiest foods website, bell peppers contain high quantities of vitamin C and lots of fat soluble nutrients such as vitamin E and carotenoids. The more deeply colored a pepper is the more nutrients it likely contains (ie red peppers have more antioxidants than green peppers).
To get the most health benefits from the bell peppers you eat, make sure your body is able to absorb the fat soluble nutrients by eating them with some fat containing food—that could be cooking oil, hummus, or salad dressing.
Shopping and Storage
When buying bell peppers, you are looking for ripe but not over ripe. Pick the ones with the deepest color and taught skin. Store your peppers unwashed in the refrigerator for 7-14 days.
Paprika is made from bell peppers
An interesting side note for the next time you’re at a trivia night: paprika is a dried powdered form of bell pepper. Normally, we think of paprika as red but it can be made from any colored bell pepper.
If you’re looking for recipes that use bell peppers check out my meal guide which will show you how to make taco salad, Greek salad, and turkey chili for the week in 90 minutes or less.
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee