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Rex

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Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 6:23 PM (permalink)
I have come to a point where I would like to find out if there are such a thing as "dried green peppers"? I would like to be able to have some on hand for when needed for flavoring but can't seem to find any in that form. Can anyone help with where to find them or if they can be dried and if so how.

Thanks ;)
 
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    Donna Douglass

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    RE: Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 6:54 PM (permalink)
    Type in "Drying Vegetables" in Keyword and you will find a link for the process for drying vegetables, including green bell peppers.

    Doesn't sound complicated. I think also you could blanch and freeze bell peppers as any other vegetable; cut into strips of squares, blanch and freeze in small amounts for later use.

    Hope it works for you.

    Donna

     
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      Rex

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      RE: Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 7:14 PM (permalink)
      Thanks Donna, will do as you suggested. I just realized here recently that out of all the things we can buy in the stores (dried vegetables) that we never see green peppers. lol Thanks again ;)
       
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        EliseT

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        RE: Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 10:26 PM (permalink)
        Trader Joe's has frozen peppers. Not the same, but good in a chili in a pinch.
         
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          JimInKy

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          RE: Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 10:52 PM (permalink)
          Rex, I buy extra green peppers when they're on sale for freezing. I wash, seed, and cut the peppers into strips and small pieces for freezing in small air-tight plastic containers. I feel the peppers work fine in cooking and they can be kept a long time. As freezing removes the crunchy-crispy texture, they wouldn't be used in salads.
           
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            mayor al

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            RE: Green Pepper Dilema Fri, 01/23/04 11:12 PM (permalink)
            For years I would dry a bunch of the Serrano Hot Peppers that I grew in the garden. In SoCal we would just put them on some foil and set them out in the courtyard to get about 12 hours of direct sun a day..2-3 days they were ready to go. Back here in Hoosierland we put them in the lowest oven setting we can get for a few days with good results. I have a small (5" across) motar and pistel 9sp?) that is used to grind them into a useable granulated powder. We have sun-dried green pepper sticks here also, but the frozen pieces have a better flavor, and are more easily included in many recipes.
             
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              UncleVic

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              RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sat, 01/24/04 6:48 AM (permalink)
              I purchased a small shaker jar of Red and Green Dried peppers a few months ago from my local grocer (from their spice rack)... Not sure who makes it, would have to dig and look...

              But if your intrested in doing your own drying thing, These 2 websites have free info and plans on how to build your own solar dehydrator: (Just use the search feature to find it)

              www.motherearthnews.com
              www.homepower.com

              Good Luck...

              Oh, Lawrys is the ones that packaged the red green combo!

               
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                UncleVic

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                RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sat, 01/24/04 7:02 AM (permalink)
                Here's one of the links off HomePowers Site:
                http://www.homepower.com/files/fooddeh.pdf
                 
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                  Sundancer7

                  RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sat, 01/24/04 4:21 PM (permalink)
                  Is this the same thing as roast peppers? I like to roast green peppers and other types and peel off the skin and add to salads.

                  I watched a segment with Emeril the other night where he went over the uses of Poblano. They sounded very good to me.

                  Paul E. Smith
                  Knoxville, TN
                   
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                    Rick F.

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                    RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sat, 01/24/04 6:08 PM (permalink)
                    In LA one can find dried bell peppers in grocery stores. Also:

                    http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysbellpeppers.html

                    http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyschilipeppers.html

                    I've shopped at Penzey's for years. They're totally reliable, and among the only vendors to identify their products completely.
                     
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                      spweimerskirch

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                      RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sun, 01/25/04 5:39 PM (permalink)
                      Yo,
                      Buy them in the summer when the price is at it's best, $.45 a pond or less and freeze them. key is clean and slice first. Another thing you can due is dry or dehydrate tham, to re-hydrate just soak in warm water for half and hour. Hope this helps..
                      Shannon
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sun, 01/25/04 6:14 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Rex

                        I have come to a point where I would like to find out if there are such a thing as "dried green peppers"? I would like to be able to have some on hand for when needed for flavoring but can't seem to find any in that form. Can anyone help with where to find them or if they can be dried and if so how.

                        Thanks ;)


                        You should be able to find dried green bell peppers at restaurant supply houses. I believe McCormick has them in commercial-size plastic containers.
                         
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                          Rex

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                          RE: Green Pepper Dilema Sat, 01/31/04 8:06 AM (permalink)
                          Sorry guys for being gone for a few days and could not respond back to your posts (which are appreciated).

                          You know I check the grocers in my area (north carolina) and they just aren't carried (the dried ones) here in this part of the country. I wish they were. But I know with the littler peppers that you can string them up and let them dry naturally....green peppers have way too much water in them to be able to do that. So we go to alternative measures. I am limited on freezer space so freezing would have to be done in very small amounts.

                          I agree that summer is the best time for buying them....right now they are going for $.59 each in the stores...and they are not all that fresh looking to me.

                          But I do enjoy green peppers and would like to use them more often than I do.

                          Thanks again for all the responses.
                           
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                            Lone Star

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                            RE: Green Pepper Dilema Mon, 02/2/04 10:32 AM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by JimInKy

                            Rex, I buy extra green peppers when they're on sale for freezing. I wash, seed, and cut the peppers into strips and small pieces for freezing in small air-tight plastic containers. I feel the peppers work fine in cooking and they can be kept a long time. As freezing removes the crunchy-crispy texture, they wouldn't be used in salads.


                            I do the same thing, but toss the peppers in zip lock bags to freeze. You can also buy packaged,frozen, and diced green peppers or a blend of peppers in the frozen foods section.
                             
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                              Sundancer7

                              RE: Green Pepper Dilema Mon, 02/2/04 10:47 AM (permalink)
                              I bought huge Bell Peppers yesterday at Walmart for $0.50 each. I think they must have weighed a pound. They freeze well, roast well, taste well and BBQ well. I dice them up with onions and mix them in with my burger. Have them with my libation, raw and salted.

                              Paul E. Smith
                              Knoxville, TN
                               
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