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!