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How to tell when roasted bell peppers are ready to skin?

Once roasted, rather than immediately plunging into cold water, place the peppers in a container with a tight fitting lid, or a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let them steam for 15–20 minutes or ...
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Bell peppers become either crunchy or soggy

There is a slight carry over with most things you cook. However I think the answer to most "Why is my stir fry not like the restaurant's?" questions, has to do with heat. Their stoves are much, much ...
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How can I tell if bell peppers have gone bad?

Here are a few things to be wary of when buying peppers: Wrinkled skin -- it's a sign that they're drying out. It should be firm and smooth. Soft areas -- it's a sign that it's starting to rot in ...
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Bell peppers become either crunchy or soggy

Bell Peppers have a very fast change from crisp to soft This is why you usually encounter them either raw or fully roasted and peeled. They change quickly. In a stir fry, cook them just a couple ...
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Chili and bell pepper substitute due to allergies?

Galangal root is a possibility (more info). It's sort of like ginger that's been kicked up a notch on the hot/spicy axis. Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai stores will have it. There's also a powdered form ...
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Are bell peppers with brown seeds safe to eat?

A quick google brought this: In this case, the brown ones may have been closest to mature or viable. When fully ripe, most peppers seeds are supposed to be brown or tan. not white. In my ...
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To much green pepper in my chili, can I fix it?

Add more of the other ingredients Add dairy Add acid Add a sweetener Serve with bland, starchy foods Options 1 and 5 provide a solution which will not alter the flavor of your chili too much. Source ...
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freeze then roast red bell peppers?

Red bell peppers freeze really well after being roasted. This is the method I would recommend for you. The problem with freezing first is that it can degrade the peppers (breaks the firm cell walls) ...
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How to tell when roasted bell peppers are ready to skin?

If you have a gas cooktop, you can put bell peppers directly on the burner to blister them. You will need to turn them every few minutes but they will blister quickly. Then steam them in a covered ...
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Why all that sauce just sitting in the dish in these stuffed bell peppers recipes?

These recipes seem to be a misunderstanding how stuffed pepper recipes typically work. At least when we are looking at the Balkan tradition, where the dish originated - this answer focuses on it only. ...
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How to cook bell peppers until they are VERY tender, but not broken down?

I'm not sure that this is how the restaurant did it, but perhaps that kind of texture could be achieved by blanching and freezing the pepper pieces, then reheating them in a microwave just prior to ...
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How to cook bell peppers until they are VERY tender, but not broken down?

Blanch them, drop them into cheesecloth and then give them a quick (5 second) dunk in an ice bath about 15 minutes before you want to serve the curry. Pull them out and pat them dry. The peppers ...
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How to tenderize bell pepper skin / peel

You can't. If you want a pepper puree, you have to remove the skins mechanically. Else you get a puree with "scales" of skin inside. You also mention making a stew out of the peppers. The skins are ...
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Can this ratatouille be saved?

What you're tasting is likely the eggplant -- eggplants with more seeds can have a distinct metallic taste, and can definitely ruin a dish. There's probably nothing that can be done for this batch, ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into a medium dice?

My favourite knife for this application would be a French Knife because they are large and have good finger room under the handle when doing chopping. What I would do and always have done is start by ...
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To much green pepper in my chili, can I fix it?

It depends what you mean by "Too much green pepper". Too much bell pepper and the chili is not spicy/hot enough? Add more hot peppers, adjust other aromatics/spices to be proportional - don't ...
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Please clarify confusion between chillies and pepper?

When people talk about "peppers" (plural), they are referring to the fruit of capsicum plants. This includes both hot and "bell" peppers. The singular "pepper" is used to talk about "peppercorns", ...
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Do roasted and unroasted peppers taste different after slow cooking in soup all day?

The roasting process doesn't just heat the peppers, but the high, dry heat also causes a bit of both scorching and carmelization of the sugars, so I would expect there to be a bit of different flavor, ...
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To boil red bell pepper or to use a grounded one?

Paprika is, generally speaking, dried red bell pepper...though some varieties differ. Remember, drying changes and concentrates flavor. The flavor will be different. Think of them as different ...
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To boil red bell pepper or to use a grounded one?

There are at least a dozen different types of paprika. In the US, you'll generally see regular, 'sweet', 'hot', 'smoked', 'Hungarian', and 'Spanish', although there are multiple types of Spanish and ...
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Do roasted and unroasted peppers taste different after slow cooking in soup all day?

Roasted red peppers would add some subtle sweeter flavor and some smokiness depending how you roast it (over grill, wood ... ) But depending on the actual recipe it might just not make a big ...
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Do roasted and unroasted peppers taste different after slow cooking in soup all day?

Having done some extensive testing on various chili recipes it is fair to say that roasted peppers do taste 'different' than unroasted. That difference is more noticeable if you also peel the peppers ...
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Blue floaters in canned hot peppers

This is a few months late, but just in case you haven't resolved this some other way, I'd say that: First, don't eat them. I think it would be best to contact your local University Extension Service ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into a medium dice?

Cut the pepper into strips of the appropriate size, then hold a bundle of strips in your off hand while you cut across them into cubes. As you're starting out, start with smaller bundles, then work ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into strips?

I would cut the bell pepper on the sides first. What I mean by that is, cut the side of the pepper widely on all four sides such that you end up with four big somewhat rectangular portions of the ...
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How do I properly cut a bell pepper into strips?

For efficiency, I cut planks off of the outside of the pepper, then slice those planks into strips. I've seen cooking shows where they take the top & bottom off to make a tube, and then slice it ...
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How to tenderize bell pepper skin / peel

If you roast the peppers in the oven until the skin get slightly burned, then you will be able to remove it. Then you can cut the peppers in squares and simmer to get the mush.
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Can this ratatouille be saved?

I just saved mine, just ad about a teaspoon of sugar, some basil tomato pasta sauce and spices like basil or Italian seasoning.Boil for a few minutes and cover. Let it rest for a few minutes.The ...
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Chili and bell pepper substitute due to allergies?

Be very careful with mustard. Premade mustard contains paprika. I make my own for recipes that call for it, and use the dry mustard to cook often. Cumin is a wonderful way to add flavor, and I ...
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Chili and bell pepper substitute due to allergies?

Thanks for all the tips. I have arthritis and any thing in the 'deadly night shade family of plants is bad for us. That is: Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, chilli and its sidekick Paprika. ...
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