Using Pimento?

Are pimentos spicy hot? And how long can you keep a jar in your cupboard?


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February 19, 20200 found this helpful
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Pimentos are not the spiciest things out there.
Jalapenos and the deadly 'ghost pepper' are the spiciest ones of them all
Pimentos are the kind that do well with cheeses, the well -known 'pimento dip'

canned pimentos, banana peppers, etc supposedly last only 3 to 4 days in the fridge, but, honestly, I have kept that sort of stuff for way longer and it seems to do fine

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February 21, 20200 found this helpful
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The jalapeño is considered one of the milder hot peppers, with a scoville scale of 1000 to 10000. Anything under 100 is considered a sweet pepper, like pimentos and banana peppers. The really hot ones start at 800,000 and go all the way up to 3 million! The hottest I will go are those little Thai chilies.


They max out at about 100,000 scoville.

Commercially prepared peppers should probably be used within 7-10 days. If they are stored in vinegar, you can propably push it to a few months, like pickles. But without acidity, you can risk a foodborne illness, which nobody wants. Better safe than sorry.

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February 19, 20200 found this helpful

Depending on what kind of pimento, they can be spicy.

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February 20, 20200 found this helpful

Does the jar have a label and an expiration date? I have been known to use them up to one year past the expiration date on the jar. I have friends that are a little more generous and go 2 years out.


No matter what, I do a smell test first and if they smell OK, I use them. I also use the rule when in doubt, throw it out (smell wise). Some people think I am a bit wonky to do that...but this works for me and cuts down food waste.

To me, most pimentos have a sweetish flavor...with a little acid at the end. If you like the taste of tomatoes, green bell peppers and radishes, you should like is a mix--to me--of those 3 flavors. They are in the pepper family.

I love them mixed in with cheddar and turned into a spread/dip. I love this on celery or crackers or on a thick slice of rye bread. MMMMM!!! I leave out the hot pepper flakes.

Some people serve them on an antipasto plate with greens, and olives or stuff olives with them. I like them this way, but prefer them in a spread.

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February 27, 20200 found this helpful

Unopened Pimentos seem to keep well for several months (years?) after expiration date but one way to tell if bad is if there is a bulge in the top (jar or canned) as this is a dead giveaway that it is spoiled.


They are pretty mild peppers and I use them in many dishes just to add a little color as they seem to blend with foods well and do not add a strong pepper taste.

It is best to use them within 3 or 4 days after opening (store in refrigerator) but that's easy as they blend well in almost any dish except dessert maybe.
They can be frozen after opening but they get mushy.

Here is a link that gives information about storage.

And if you're looking for recipes here is a site that has that covered.

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