Hot Peppers How To Choose And Store
Hot peppers are typical for Eastern cuisine. They have a strong aroma and spicy taste, ranging from sweet to spicy. In addition, red peppers are a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.
Refrigerated storage High-quality, fresh hot peppers will keep for a week in the refrigerator before changing color. For this purpose, place the unwashed fresh hot peppers in paper bags or wrap them in paper and store them in the vegetable compartment in the refrigerator. Pepper should not be stored in plastic bags, as this will lead to moisture, which in turn will lead to faster spoilage.
Freezing For long-term storage, hot peppers are frozen in airtight bags. Freezing will preserve the taste, but it is important to know that hot peppers become soft and mushy when thawed for later use.
Drying Rinse the peppers, remove the stalks and place in the oven. They should not be dried. The most suitable drying temperature is about 50-60C. The peppers are stored in airtight bags or boxes after drying. If moisture is still left, it can cause mold during storage. Fresh pepper can also be left in the sun to dry. Once ready it should be stored in jars with airtight closure at room temperature for more than 6 months. If the goal is to store for longer, then they are placed in the refrigerator.
Baking Hot peppers can also be roasted. They turn until their skin begins to darken. When ready, place in a paper or plastic bag for 15 minutes. Peel the skin, remove the stalk and the remaining seeds. Peeled peppers are placed in a box with an airtight seal in the refrigerator.
Some useful tips: -When buying dried hot pepper, it should be chosen to be a rich color.
-If it has lost its color, it is very likely that it has also lost its aroma;
-To prepare ground hot pepper, put the whole hot peppers in a home blender;
-Peppers with intact integrity will be stored for much longer than broken or ground. The skin of peppers is an effective barrier against pathogens causing rot;
-Rubber gloves should be used when working with hot peppers;
-To reduce the hotness of hot peppers, they should be washed, cut lengthwise and the seeds and veins removed.