Washing/Cleaning Peppers

Bill_Missy(8b)July 30, 2014

Okay Guys and Gals.

Just a topic to run with.....

I am just curious how every one cleans their peppers before use (Hand wash, scrub with tooth brush etc..)

I know most of mine when I pick have dirt or even a "web" on them or even salt from a foiler spray.

Personally, I pull the cap off, rub/rinse under cold water and then run a tooth brush over the outside skin. Then place on towel to dry then use.

Just curious how every cleans peppers before use.


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I don't apply any pesticide that isn't either OMRI listed or considered "organic" and can't be used up to day of harvest. So far, this year, BT and sulfur. So, I just rinse thoroughly with cool water and let air dry.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 8:37PM
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hahaha, depends on my mood. Yesterday I picked some padrons and just tossed them directly into the pan with olive oil. The most I do is rinse, but as evident above, sometimes not even that.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:38PM
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Don't use anything for insects, never have, usually good insects handle the bad, only thing I deal with on a greater scale is aphids, I hand squish them. I never use any foiler spray. So it's splash with water and make hot sauce or dry for powder.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:38PM
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I haven't had any problems with pests other than aphids I used an mineral oil mixed with water spray and it smothered them. So I give them a good rinse with water.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:37AM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

I too use nothing for pest control, other than a .410 for hornworms,

Just rinse off the dirt (if any) and chew.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:42PM
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Mecdave Zone 8/HZ 9

Usually quick rinse but sometimes plant - hand - mouth.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 2:30PM
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Alright Dennis! I used a bb gun so we aren't too far off. I fine then of work water, but if I see a web, I'll wipe that off. I too, don't use insecticides. A good way to kill aphids is to mix a 20/80 solution of rubbing alcohol to water. Pure alcohol will kill just about any insect, so the mixture rate can vary with what you want to kill.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:11PM
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jutsFL(9b (Orlando))

Warm water rinse over a full strainer of them, and that's it.


    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:12PM
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A short bath in a bowl of water and vinegar and then a good rinse. (If they're visibly dirty a quick rinse precedes the soak.)

Here's an article that talks about a study that compared just a rinse, scrubbing with a brush, the diluted vinegar/ water soak and anti-bac soap:


Spraying each piece is too tedious for me, hence the bowl to soak in.

Doing this has given all of my produce a much longer storage life- almost no bacteria on the surface to promote spoilage.

This post was edited by VedaBeeps on Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 19:39

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:17PM
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Usually just rinse and rub with water. Other times I will soak them in bowl of vinegar water. The vinegar kills any surface microbes and provides a protective layer. I even read the peppers will keep longer if washed with this method.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 2:23AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Like punktRotten.

Just rinse with tap water. Unless I have a whole bunch and want to keep in the frig. Then, after washing put them in water/vinegar for a while then take them out and let air dry. Vinegar ( acetic acid) may help to kill some germs/bacteria and prevent from rotting longer. Often I would pick peppers off the bush and eat them right there and then. Of course, I know that I have not used any harsh chemicals/pesticide/herbicide on them. I am neither fussy nor germ.o.phobe.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 3:44AM
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