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Oct 30, 2008 04:33 PM

How long will stuffed peppers last?

Hello everyone. First-time poster, but a long-time lurker!
I prepped stuffed peppers this morning and now find I won't be home for dinner tonight. They're basically stuffed with cooked meat, onions and orzo, on a bed of diced tomatoes and sauteed pretty much everything except the peppers is already cooked. How long can I keep them in the refrigerator before baking? Or should I bake them tonight and then reheat later?
Thanks for your advice and for all the knowledge and inspiration I've gained from your postings. I have learned so much from you all.

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  1. I would bake them tonight and reheat later. If I elected to hold them longer than tonight before cooking I'd want them wrapped very tightly in plastic wrap to avoid flavor migration
    into or out of the stuffed pepper package. The reason I'd prefer to bake tonight and reheat later is that, even if the flavors don't migrate, the liquids will and I'd expect to end up with a soggy pepper to put in tomorrow's oven.

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    1. re: todao

      Thank you! Would you reheat in the oven...around 350 degrees? Or is there a better way? (still so much to learn :)

      1. re: AshC

        Yes, I'd reheat, covered, in the oven - straight from the fridge. But I'd choose a slow oven, something closer to 275 degrees and serve when heated through. Perhaps remove the cover for the last ten minutes or so while watching closely so they don't dry out.

    2. I have a question. I cooked bell peopers stuffed with ground meat last nite at 11pm they were done. They were too hot to put in fridge. They were covered all night. At 7am i put them in fridge. Are they still good?

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      1. re: Mrbrad187

        some will tell you ZOMG they will kill you. others, like me, would put them in the fridge and eat them for dinner. unless it was 150 degrees in my house.

        1. re: Mrbrad187

          Brad, strongly advises against it, and provides government research and FDA recommendations to back up their reasoning. Everything on the site is worth reading.

        2. Didn't realize how old this question was.