Begin By Trimming Off the BottomBell peppers are weird. For one thing, they're technically fruits, not vegetables. That might make sense to all of you botanists out there, but to the rest of us it's just weird.
And if that weren't weird enough, they're also weirdly shaped and bulbous, with weird, hollow insides. Which wouldn't be a problem if we wanted weird, bulbous slices. But what if we want nice straight slices? In that case, the challenge is turning a round bulbous thing into a nice straight flat thing. Which is exactly what we're going to do here.
Before you begin, make sure you have a cutting board and a sharp knife. You might also want to review this tutorial on How to Use a Chef's Knife so that you're familiar with the basic grips. And if you need a quick orientation on the different parts of a chef's knife, check out this article on The Anatomy of a Chef's Knife.
Ready to get started? Place the pepper on its side on the cutting board in front of you and trim off the bottom end. Next page>>