Ripen Peppers Before They Rot

Before.  Just enough red so I know it will work.

Before. Just enough red so I know it will work.

I used to wait for my peppers to ripen on the plants, watching them day by day, hoping the bugs wouldn’t get them before they ripened fully, only to be disappointed.  Now I’ve found a foolproof method to outwit the bugs and have plenty of beautiful red peppers for all the recipes I need them for such as Sweet Red Pepper Jam, Hot Dog Relish and one of our favorite cocktail dips, Muhammara.  All you need to do is pick the peppers as soon as they show tinges of red, wash them and place them in a paper bag.  Make sure they are unblemished and no bugs have already made their marks.  Roll down the top to seal the bag, set it on the counter (or someplace at room temperature where you’ll remember it) and check the peppers every morning.  In just a few days, voila!  Red, ripe, perfect peppers.  If you want them to ripen faster, you can put an apple in with them as apples emit ethylene gas which causes fruit to ripen.

Five Days Later, Five Are Ready, Two Need Another Day

Five Days Later, Five Are Ready, Two Need Another Day

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