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I have 30 bell peppers I need to roast. Are there any shortcuts to peeling them post-roasting? All I know is to paper-bag them or cover them in a bowl for a bit, and then use my hands to get all the charred skin off. Doable... just tedious. Ideas?

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asked about 4 years ago
Amanda Hesser

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Some people like to peel them under running water so the skin and bits slide off as you go.


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added about 4 years ago

Interesting. I wonder how much of the flavor you lose under the running water. If only there were some food-obsessed people out there to test this for me...

added about 4 years ago

I roast them and with the blunt side of a knife on a chopping board, gently scrape off the skin (after they've sweated).

added about 4 years ago

I've always gone the paper bag route, but I was recently told by a chef who specializes in southwestern food to soak them for 10 minutes in a bowl of ice water before peeling, particularly if you're working with thin skinned peppers like poblano peppers. I've tried it, and it worked very well for me and couldn't tell I was losing any flavor.