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NMSU Roasted Chile Precaution


Commercial roasters are a convenient and economical way to handle large volumes of Chile peppers. Some vendors use garbage bags to hold roasted peppers. However, this practice is dangerous because plastic polymers and chemicals such as pesticides imbedded in the plastic can be released into the peppers when the bag is exposed to heat from the peppers. Therefore, it is best to use a food-safe container such as a large roasting pan or a pillowcase to collect roasted peppers, then transport to your home in a chilled ice chest. Transfer into smaller containers as soon as possible. Remember to place packaged roasted peppers under refrigeration within 2 hours of exposure to heat.