How to Store Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are a nutritious addition to your diet. They are more easily applied to your diet because unlike other peppers, they are sweet instead of spicy. They are low in calories and full of vitamin C and healthy fibers. But how do you keep them fresh when you only go to the store once a week?

How to Store Bell Peppers

How to Store Bell Peppers Properly

Bell peppers will taste great longer and resist molding if you keep them in your refrigerator’s vegetable crisper drawer. While they will last on your countertop at room temperature, it will only be for a couple of days. They will wither and spoil quickly this way.

It is best to wait to wash your bell peppers until they are ready to use, but if you wash them immediately after buying them from the store, you’ll want to make sure they’re completely dry before storing them. Wet bell peppers will become slimy and moldy. You can speed up the drying process by gently wiping and patting them dry with a paper towel.

You also do not want to store bell peppers with apples or tomatoes, which will make the bell peppers go bad faster.

If for whatever reason you must store your peppers outside of the refrigerator, make sure to store them in a cool, dry place.

How to Store Fresh Bell Peppers

Keep fresh bell peppers in a mesh produce bag with lots of airflow. If you don’t have a mesh bag, you can poke holes in a plastic bag or purchase a mesh bag here. In any case, you’ll want to give the peppers some breathing room, because if they are all clumped together too tightly, they won’t last as long.

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How to Store Sliced Bell Peppers

If you have cut your bell peppers for easier snacking, you’ll want to put them in a sealed container or a sealed plastic bag. In either case, put them with a paper towel that can absorb the excess moisture. They’ll also last longer if you leave the seeds and stems attached.

Additionally, you’ll want to store them in the fridge as soon as possible after cutting. Cut bell peppers do not do well if left out for too long.

Cut bell peppers in their container or bag can be stored outside of the vegetable crisper if you do not have the space for them there.

How to Store Cooked Bell Peppers

You can store cooked bell peppers the same way you store fresh cut bell peppers, just without the paper towel. You do want them in an airtight container or bag. This goes especially if they are cooked with any other type of food like pasta or meat.

It is especially important to store cooked bell peppers within a couple hours of cooking. Don’t leave leftovers out overnight. They will likely spoil in the interim and you’ll have to throw them out.

How to Freeze Bell Peppers

If you want to store bell peppers long-term, you can freeze them. You’ll want to slice them first because they won’t freeze well if they are still whole. Cut, chop, or slice them however you intend on using them later, then place them neatly on a cookie tray.

You don’t want to let them get too close together because they will stick together. Freeze them on the cookie tray for an hour, then you can place them into a bag or another airtight container like this one for freezer storage.

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When taking them out of the freezer for use, they must be thawed before eating raw, but you absolutely should cook them from frozen to prevent them from wilting too much.

How to Store Bell Peppers

How Long Can You Store Bell Peppers?

  • Fresh, whole, bell peppers can be stored in the fridge for a week or two
  • Cut bell peppers will last for two or three days
  • Cooked bell peppers will last in the fridge for about three to five days
  • Frozen bell peppers can last in the freezer for up to a year

How to Tell if Your Bell Peppers Have Gone Bad

Bell peppers are still good so long as their skin is firm and smooth. If the skin looks wrinkled or feels slightly spongy, the pepper can be cooked but should not be eaten raw. Slimy or too soft peppers are bad and should be composted or tossed.

Regardless of any of those, if there are moldy spots, they should be thrown out, regardless of how long you have had them.

Cooked bell peppers are harder to tell if they have gone bad since their texture isn’t the same as fresh bell peppers. However, if they are really slimy or have a smell to them, throw them out.

Frozen peppers are good so long as they still have their color and don’t look too wilted.

Mistakes to Avoid When Storing Bell Peppers

One of the easiest mistakes to avoid is buying spoiling bell peppers in the first place. While at the store, be sure to select bell peppers that have a shiny exterior and little to no signs of wrinkles, bruises, or any other unsightly marks.

If you are planning on cooking the peppers the same day, you can get away with a little wrinkling or some small blemishes. But if you are planning on storing them, the prettier the pepper, the better.

Once you have selected your bell peppers, remember that you do not want to store wet bell peppers, whole or cut. The excess moisture will speed up the rotting process and invite mold to start growing.

Don’t forget about your cut bell peppers! Once they are cut, they will only last a few days in the fridge. Label the day you cut them up and stored them so they don’t go bad without your notice!

Keep Your Bell Peppers Fresh!

Bell peppers are a wonderful addition to your diet and meal planning. They are not terribly difficult to store with the proper planning and prep work. Once you have your system set up, bell peppers can be a rewarding part of your diet.