The RIGHT Way to Cut a Bell Pepper

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Maybe you are thinking, “This is silly, everyone who is anyone knows how to cut bell peppers!”

That's what I used to think.

Until I realized that for years I had been deceived. I thought I knew how to cut peppers, but in fact what I was doing was mutilating them, flinging the annoying seeds all over the kitchen and make far more of a mess than need be. Thank goodness my eyes were opened.

Now it's your turn.

If you already know how to cut peppers, have been doing it (the right way) for years, than more power to you. Go away, this post is not for you. It's for those of you who think you know (like I used to...) what your doing, but don't.

The revelation hit me when I was in line at Chipotle (yes... you found me out... sometimes I eat at Chipotles...) and watching the sous chef prep the peppers. 

This is what he did:

First, you wash your peppers. And ready your sharp knife. Next, you hold your pepper on its side and cut off about a quarter inch or so of flesh, like so:



Repeat until you have all sides removed:



Next, cut off the bottom of the cut pepper just below where the seeds start:


Next, hold your pepper by the stem and admire all those little seeds you used to mess with back when you didn't really know how to cut a pepper. 


Now triumphantly throw it away in the compost (or feed it to your chickens...).

See! Isn’t that so much easier and less messy than what you have been doing?! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know this about cutting bell peppers...)

Now enjoy eating your delicious peppers! And next time you see a friend struggling with all the seeds or trying to "core" a pepper with out cutting their hand... you can save them the trouble by teaching them the right way to cut a bell pepper!

Did you already know this about cutting bell peppers? Or have you (like me...) been cutting them wrong your whole life!?

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29 comments:

  1. I usually cut bell pepper this way (unless to make into rings), but I appreciate that you took the time to describe one of the basics, cutting bell peppers without making a mess. :)

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    1. Thanks! True that this way would not work for rings! And pepper rings are so much fun. Do gut it first for cutting into rings?

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  2. Well then. I guess I've been doing it wrong too. Thanks for this!

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    1. Hey, Holly! Thanks for stopping in! Hope you are well!

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  3. I'm frugal... I will also trim the top, or too much goes to waste..

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    1. Me too! I use every bit of the bell pepper minus the pith, seeds and stem.

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    2. Makes sense! Though, when I cut them this way I really have hardly any pepper left on the top... maybe I should have taken a picture from what it looked like from above... I just wanted to show that the seeds were all together. :)

      Either way you cut your peppers... good for you for being frugal! Lord knows our country could use more people like that! :) And that's WAY more important than how you cut your peppers. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! <3

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    3. I have an autoimmune disease that has caused some paralysis in my hands, so as much as I'd love to be frugal, not slicing my finger off is now my main objective! I don't always think of these shortcuts because my mentality is to waste not, want not, but there's really not much waste at all with this method. I've also wondered if pesticides on conventional peppers are more concentrated at the stem anyway. Thanks for making my life a little easier!

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  4. Totally had been doing them a different way, thanks!

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  5. There is an easier way, cut off top and bottom, can trim the good parts off of those. Next make one cut, and slide knife along the inside of the pepper, removing ribs...voila...ribs and seeds stay in one neat lil spot and pepper flesh is clean!

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    1. Nice! I will have to try that way, too! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    2. Actually if I'm making chili,salsa,Mex food etc: I always use the seeds too

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    3. That is the way my husband was taught in culinary school. It makes much prettier strips that way.

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  6. I've always cut the top off, pulled out the seeds, and rinsed it out to get the stray seeds. I'll continue to do that, too!

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    1. Nice! That's how I used to cut them but I like this way because I don't have to rinse it! Just personal preference. There's definitely more than one way to cut a pepper. :) The title was meant to be funny... not obligatory. :) Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts!

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  7. I also have a different way that leaves no seeds and it takes just one cut! Cut the pepper in half without cutting all the way through from one side of the stem, down to the bottom of the pepper and back up to the other side of the stem. Pull the two pieces apart and your left with the stem and seeds intact, and usually no pepper left to trim from the stem. It just pulls right off :)

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    1. That's exactly how I cut it and it works perfectly well.

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    2. Nice! I will have to try that way, too. More than one way to skin... er... cut a ...bell pepper! ;)

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    3. That's how I've always done it too but this new way is interesting and I will have to try it.

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  8. Thank you! So obvious now that you say it! And, yes, I have been cutting it wrong all my life.

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    1. Nice! Glad you found it helpful. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Does it matter how one cuts it and is there a right way and a wrong way? After all, it's only a pepper.

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    1. Of course it doesn't really matter. The title is in jest my friend. :)

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  10. Huh. I kind of core it like a pumpkin, cutting a circle around the stem and seeds, then I pull it out and rinse the interior to get rid of the rest of the seeds. Then I can cut it into rings or strips. This seems like too much work to me, haha.

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    1. Funny! That's the way I used to do it but I feel THAT way is too much work, haha. What's the expression... more than one way to skin a cat. Guess we should change it to "more than one way to cut a bell pepper". ;)

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  11. i generally cut on top make a circle with knife and pluck open top part. it is ready to cut wo mess of seeds :)

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  12. I just cut the stem of with part of the pepper, remove it, and then slice the pith that's attached to the inside and pull it all out. I actually do take the seeds off of the inner pith and give the pith to my son's guinea pigs Snickers and Skittles. They love peppers, spinach and cilantro and apples and cantaloupe, and more .... fun little fuzzy critters!

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  13. Been doing it the hard way all my life- thanks for the eye opening info-I feel so stupid now-lol

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