How to Cut a Green Pepper {Video}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 23, 2010

Green Peppers

Or perhaps the wrong way to cut a green pepper?!?

I am a total green pepper cutting rebel and do my own thing when it comes to dicing, slicing and cutting green peppers. I am not, however, a rebel without a cause.

I definitely cut with a cause.  In this case, freezing all these green peppers!  In the end, I wound up with the following meal size portions:

(And sorry for the funky lighting and for talking so softly…this was, after all, a $5 Dinners iPhone production!)

So how about you?!  How do you cut, slice or dice green?! Are you a rebel too?!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Stott July 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Really great video. Knowing how to cut things properly can really make a huge difference.

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Jim July 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

20 green peppers that’s like almost $30 worth of peppers. i have to say that’s is a lot of peppers.
super cool video.

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Christina July 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I learned to cut green peppers (a very different way then you are showing) at Subway! HA. I like your way too :)

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Carrie July 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I cut green peppers a totally different way. But, I don’t feel like a rebel because it is the way my mom taught me. I cut it right down the middle through the stem and just pull out the insides from the bottom up and the stem just kind of pops out. It leaves every edible peace possible to eat however you slice it.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

@Carrie,

I’ll try that way Carrie! Love it!

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Starving Student Survivor July 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

@Carrie, That’s how I do it now, too. I’ve tried a few different ways, and it’s what I like best.

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Heather July 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I actually now cut it the second way you show most of the time….it depends on my mood! hehe

sometimes i cut it like carrie mentioned….actually that was how I was taught and then starting cutting it at the top down to keep all the seeds in tack!

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Tawra@Living On A Dime July 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I start on one side of the stem and cut all the way around in half. Then the stem pops out with the seeds and I have the entire pepper I can cut up and use.

I didn’t know there was another way!!! Cutting off both ends, what a huge waste of green peppers which are VERY expensive!!

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lynn @ Maven of Savin July 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm

What do you do to freeze them. I tried freezing red peppers once and when they defrosted they were mushy! HELP!!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

@lynn @ Maven of Savin,

You can’t freeze green peppers and expect the same consistency. I will cook the frozen green peppers, so if they are mushy after freezing, that’s OK…they get mushy when they cook. :)

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Lori July 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hmmm…interesting. I always just cut a circle around the stem, then cut it in half, clean out the seeds and then slice and dice, but some of these methods sound so much simpler!

I just gave away a lot of green peppers from our garden…I was getting tired of cutting them! LOL Whatever variety we bought turned out very small, so i had to do all this cutting on each pepper, for a very little usable amount of pepper….it got annoying! LOL But I did end up with 4 or 5 bags of diced and 2 or 3 sliced so far. I’ll have to try some of these ways on our future peppers! Thanks!

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Carol July 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

We are creatures of habit. I have cut my peppers the same way for years just like my mom did. I have muttered about cutting those silly little ends. and yes I threw them out. After watching your video, I will be cutting my peppers differently. It is so simple, and I wonder, why didn’t I think of that. Thank you for the new to me idea.
Carol

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Megan July 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I am totally a bell pepper rebel! It always bothered me how much was wasted in the traditional way.

I actually flip the pepper upside down, stabalizing it with one hand since the stem is still on, and then I cut slits down the natural crevices of the pepper. Then I basically rip each of these pieces apart. This leave the stem and most of the membrane whole to be discarded. I mentioned this in a previous post when I made . fajitas I should have made a video to explain it!

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