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Aug 22, 2010 07:22 PM

Can you dice bell pepper and onion and store them in the fridge for a couple days?

or will it go brown/turn bad quicker than if they were left whole? Thank you!

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  1. For a couple of days... sure. Longer if they were in a foodsaver bag under vacuum.

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    1. re: Hank Hanover

      FoodSaver instructions say NEVER vac seal raw onions, garlic, or mushrooms due to the possibility of botulism spores growing in the oxygen-free atmosphere. If you are going to FoodSaver them they should be cooked first.

      1. re: al b. darned

        I guess that would extend to anything that comes in contact with soil

    2. They will begin to degrade more quickly than when left whole, but stored few days at a low temperature, well-wrapped, and they should be fine.

      1. You can and you can also chop & freeze them to pull out later.

        1. I frequently prep 2 dinners at a time, so peppers and onions (sometimes mushrooms, celery, and whatnot) are washed and chopped in our fridge. If you let bell peppers sit for 3-4 days they do start to dry out around the edges, but I've never had them turn brown or go bad due to prepping unless they were in questionable condition to begin with.

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          1. re: odkaty

            odkaty, did u mean leaving bell peppers 3-4 days out in room temp? and were they open (sliced, diced, etc.)? I was actually wondering, b/c that is my own question if that is safe or not. I left my sliced bell peppers out overnight. The only thing I'm concerned about is.. is it still safe to consume when a whitish film that looks like air exposure is present?

          2. Yes, i just did. I chopped peppers and onions for a chili and refrigerated them for 2 days with no ill effect on the chili. It did stink up my fridge though.