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One time I was doing a demonstration of my recipe for Red Pepper Orzo and the host asked if he could use bottled red peppers. I answered that there was usually a lot of oil in bottled roasted red peppers but I was wrong. Some are packed in oil but most are packed in water with a little vinegar. Either way, they rarely have much, if any, salt. I have tested recipes with fresh and bottled peppers and there is a slight difference in the flavor of the recipe with the fresh peppers but the bottled are still really good. I have also used bottled roasted yellow peppers with similar results.