Can you eat overripe bell peppers?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you eat overripe bell peppers?” and discuss how long do bell peppers last. We will also discuss how to properly store bell peppers and whether you can freeze them or not. We will also list down ways in which you can tell if a bell pepper has gone bad. 

Can you eat overripe bell peppers?

Yes, you can eat overripe bell peppers, there is no harm in it as long as there are no signs of spoilage. 

Overripe bell peppers can have wrinkly skin and mushy texture. They also may be a tad sweet but they are safe to eat. You can also cut off the mushy parts and use the rest of it in cooking. 

How long do bell peppers last?

Bell peppers come in different colors and their shelf lives also differ. For example, red, yellow and orange bell peppers last for about 7 to 14 days when stored properly in the fridge. On the other hand, green bell peppers last a bit longer than this when stored in the same way. Green bell pepper can last for about 10 to 20 days. 

If you have cut up your bell peppers, then it is best to use them up as soon as possible. If you want to store them for later, then do so in an airtight container or a ziploc bag in the fridge where they can stay good for about 4 to 5 days. 

How to properly store bell peppers?

It is advisable that you store the bell peppers inside the fridge in the produce drawer. If you wish to make them last a little longer then you can also place them inside a ziploc bag before placing them inside the produce drawer. 

If you have cut up the bell peppers, then place them inside an airtight container or a ziploc bag then store them inside the fridge. 

You can also freeze the bell peppers to make them last even longer.

Can you freeze bell peppers?

Yes, you can definitely freeze bell peppers. To do so, cut up the bell peppers and remove their seeds. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once they are completely frozen, transfer them into a freezer safe bag and then place them back into the freezer. 

In order to thaw them, you are better off doing so inside the fridge overnight as defrosting them inside the microwave may compromise their texture and taste.

How to tell if a bell pepper has gone bad?

Here’s how you can tell if a bell pepper has gone bad. It is important to know the difference between an overripe bell pepper and a spoiled one so that you do not get sick. 

  • Look for any discolorations on the skin. If there are any black or brown spots then the bell pepper has gone bad. If there is just one spot and the rest of the vegetable is fine and has no signs of spoilage, then you can discard the discolored part and use the rest of the vegetable.
  • You should also look for any bruises or sunken spots on it which indicate that it has gone bad.
  • Another way to tell if a bell pepper has gone bad is by looking for any growth of mold. Mold can be harmful when ingested so if you do see mold, you are better off throwing away such bell peppers.
  • Wrinkly and saggy skin also indicates that the bell pepper has gone bad.

Find out how to keep bell peppers fresh for a long time here

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you eat overripe bell peppers?” and discussed how long do bell peppers last. We also discussed how to properly store bell peppers and whether you can freeze them or not. We also listed down ways in which you can tell if a bell pepper has gone bad. 

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/how-long-do-bell-peppers-last/

http://poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com/2012/10/8-ways-to-preserve-bell-peppers-and-use.html

https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-tell-if-bell-peppers-are-bad/

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