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May 31, 2006 11:03 AM

Jarred roasted red peppers--good?

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Are jarred roasted red peppers as good as (or close to) the homemade kind? If so what brands do you recommend? Any ingredients I should try to avoid?

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  1. I've tried 'em all and Roland is my favorite brand. Not easy to find though. Locally (Boston) Market Basket carries it.

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    1. re: Shaebones

      Asian groceries very often have a wide range of Roland products, though pimentos might not be a big seller there. Since they're a huge brand outside the US, other "ethnic" markets that sell a lot of other imported things may have them as well.

      1. re: Shaebones

        Roland's Piquillos, canned in water, are very good, easily comparable to any home cooked peppers: carefully selected, silky smooth, with a subtle pimento flavor. In NYC, I get them at Fairway.

        1. re: Striver

          Any idea how the Roland's Piquillos compare with the Fairway house brand? I've always bought the latter, but will try the former and do a taste test if you haven't done so already.

          1. re: JoanN

            I've had Fairway's water-packed roast peppers, and while they were OK, the Roland piquillos (don't know if they have more than one type of pepper, but I'm strictly speaking about the piquillos) are more to my taste, both in texture and flavor. Of course, they're also more expensive!

            1. re: Striver

              Thanks. Good to know. Buying the Fairway brand was just knee-jerk for me. Will definitely try the Roland piquillos next time.

              1. re: JoanN

                In general, I found that the canned pimientos del piquillo tend to be of a better quality than the jarred. Look for the ones with D.O. I like the brand Lodosa (not sure if it is available in the US).

        2. re: Shaebones

          J Pace & Sons in Saugus also carries a great deal of the Roland line.

        3. I actually think they're better if you're just eating them plain, unless you can find raw pimentos to roast. I like roasted red bells too, but they taste different and not really what I think of when I think "roasted peppers."

          I'm sure there are other good brands too, but I like Goya myself.

          1. I was recently in the market for these because I wasn't going to have time to do the roasting myself (plus, didn't want to heat up the kitchen like that).

            I don't remember the brand I bought, but I do remember having a hard time finding ones that weren't packed in olive oil (which I didn't want). I think I finally got some in a water/vinegar mix that were good.

            1. The homemade kind are vastly superior to anything you can get in the jar. They are easy to make too. Just burn the whole washed peppers over your gas burners until they are completely blackeded. you will have to move them around to char all of the skin. Plance the cahrred peppers in aplastic bag to steam unitl they are cool enough to handle. Then brush off the skin with your fingers, do not run under the water. When you are deseeding make sure to reserve the juice from the peppers. Add extra virgin olive oil, salt pepper and slivered garlic to the pepper juice. Add sliced peppers and let sit a day before eating to have the flavours blend. Sooooooo much better than jarred.

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              1. re: MV

                Thanks, MV, for your roasted pepper recipe. Mine came out fantastic and I just wanted to say thanks.

              2. I roast mine on my grill or in my broiler, the cooktop does not get spattered and become a mess to clean up. I have bought B&G and the brand I have on hand at the moment (I don't remember buying them, maybe my DH did?) is Dunbar's. They are in olive oil and seasonings. I prefer to season to my own taste.