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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Peppers the Easy Way!

Peppers are one of my favorite veggies.  So easy, so yummy, and they can be added to most recipes very easily.  They're the base for some of my favorite meals; sausage & Peppers, Stuffed Peppers, Fajitas...

...But those seeds can be really annoying. 

I've heard the "myth" of female and male peppers.  That the peppers with three bumps are male and the peppers with four bumps are female.  And the female peppers are full of seeds, the male peppers are sweeter and better eaten raw.   Well, this information is WRONG!

If this is true, then what 'sex' is this pepper?
Clearly it's a hermaphrodite pepper...

For more information on the science behind the lie of sex peppers, please view this article

Basically every pepper has seeds, and no pepper had more seeds than another, unless there are size limitations within the pepper cavity itself. When I first lived on my own, I'd cut the pepper blindly and clean up the seeds after I was done cutting.  It was a pain in the butt and I always got seeds all over the place.  In the sink, on the floor, on my shoes....  Until I figured out a no mess way to cut peppers. 

And becasue I'm so nice, I'm going to share my first ever self thought up kitchen secret with you!  I'm sure others do this too, but I came up with this on my own. 

First, wash your peppers.  Wash em gooood in cold water.  Then turn the pepper upside down so you can see the "sexy" bumps. 

Then slice within the grooves of the bumps, but don't cut all the way through.  Use the knife and slice just through the first layer of pepper skin, do this all around the entire pepper.  Cut from the dimple on the bottom of the pepper to the top of the pepper. 

After you made your slices all around the pepper, peel each section of the pepper back until it snaps or pops off the stem of the pepper. 

Do this to all the sections of the pepper that you cut.  When you're done you should have your pepper sections and the stem with most of the seeds still in tact on the stem. 

It's not perfect, there will still be a few seeds around.  But it's much better and neater than cutting into the pepper blindly and then cleaning it all up afterwards.   And the way the peppers are sliced leaves it very easy to cut into strips or chunks for a salad or stir fry. Of course this method of cutting peppers will not work for stuffed peppers...  But for those slice off the 'hat' of the pepper and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.  A little messy, but hey stuffed peppers are worth the mess!  

Happy cooking! 



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