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How to Seed Jalapeños Without the Burn

Simple Tip: Seed Jalapeños in the Plastic Bag

Whenever I use jalapeños, or any other spicy chile for that matter, I always employ the same simple technique for seeding that ensures my hands and eyes won't burn. Here's how I do it:


  1. Flatten the plastic baggy that the jalapeños come in on the counter next to a cutting board. Place the jalapeño on the cutting board and slice the stem off, then slice in half lengthwise.
  2. Set the jalapeño half in the middle of the plastic baggy. Fold the plastic over to cover the jalapeño.
  3. Taking care not to cut the plastic with your nail, gently scrap out the seeds into the plastic.
  4. Repeat with remaining half and prepare jalapeño according to your recipe.

It's a lot easier than wearing gloves! How do you seed chiles? Share your methods below.


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Angelica Angelica 6 years
Wow! Great tip!
Pampire Pampire 6 years
I use gloves, years ago when I first used a jalapeno in a recipe, I didn't wear gloves and just handled the pepper- needless to say I will never make that mistake again, I have extremely sensitive skin and my hands burned all night long! The only thing that helped was vinegar and then I ended up stinking but it was so worth it!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Ha, cool tip. I do something pretty similar...I make "baggie gloves" out of sandwich baggies when I cut jalapenos. I put them around my hands and then just peel them off when I'm done.
Food Food 6 years
Brilliant tip, Party, if I must say so myself. Chief, I've done that a few times. Take out the contact, try to put it back in, and .... AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
marie-lee marie-lee 6 years
I usually just scrape the seeds out with a teaspoon and don't rub my eyes when de-seeding chillis. Can't really buy many different types of chillis here though and the only jalapenos you can get are in a jar.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Great tip, although I don't normally seed my jalapeños. I like heat. :)
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i wish i would have thought of doing this years ago! would have spared me some pain a couple of times!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Awesome tip! Chief, been there and done that! *wincing*
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Nothing worse than a nice eye burn from the jalapeno....good tip.
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