Jarred roasted red peppers--good?
- D-NY May 31, 2006 11:03 AM
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.