How to Tell if a Bell Pepper Is Bad?

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You'll be able to tell if a bell pepper is bad by keeping a look out for a few key visual characteristics. Find out how to tell if a bell pepper is bad with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world-class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Farm to Table chef, Teca Thompson, at And today we're talking about how to tell if a bell pepper has gone bad. So I don't have a bad one today to example but I have a good one. I want tell you all the things that are in a good bell pepper and then you'll be able to differentiate going on that. So you want it to be crisp and cool and kind of like hollow but not mushy at all. When it's bad it can be slimy, it can be rubbery, it can have lines of stress in it, it can also have moldy or bad spots. So what we're looking for is fresh and crisp and firm. And remember that they come in different colors. When it's gone bad you're looking for visible signs of mold or damage, for the consistency of it to be rubbery or smushy or slimy and those are going to be signs that your bell pepper has gone bad and you should throw it away and not eat it. I'm Farm to Table chef Teca Thompson at Thank you for watching.


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