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Cut Hot Peppers Without The Burn

The other day I was making a marinade for flank steak that involved coarsely chopping up a few jalapenos. I know it's recommended that you cut jalapenos while wearing rubber gloves - however I never had the time or the patience to do so. I would simply wash my hands under cold water after removing the seeds of a jalapeno. This was all fine and dandy until I touched my eye after making some guacamole and it burned with pain from the leftover peppery essence. Since then, I have developed a fool proof way to seed hot peppers without any burn factor. Cut the top off and slice the pepper in half lengthwise. Slide the two sides carefully into the plastic baggy that you took the peppers home from the store in. With the pepper halves inside, carefully scrape the seeds into the baggy. The baggy will protect you from touching the seeds. Once all of the seeds have been scraped off return the pepper to your cutting board and continue with the preparation according to your recipe.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
great idea yum!
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I wear gloves. __________________________________________ He that won't be counseled can't be helped
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
I don't eat peppers that often!!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
We used capcaiscin (the hot pepper chemical) in lab, and I managed to waft a whole pile of it into my face. It was one of the worst experiences of my life - I couldn't breathe, I couldn't see, my nose was running down my face... and that stuff stuck around on my hands for days (despite all my scrubbing), meaning I kept being treated to little jolts of hotness.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
peppers always burn my tastebuds.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
i didn't have to go to the hospital, but it was EXTREMELY painful. ************************************************ I will be your Dixie Chicken if you'll be my Tennessee Lamb and we can walk together down in Dixie Land...
calibabi calibabi 10 years
what a great idea!! i'm definitely going to try the baggie method. i had a friend go to the emergency room once because she touched her eye after cutting jalapenos, so i've always been really careful. hopefully your eye wasn't that bad!!
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
Yum, I did that once too. I thought my eyeball was going to explode :cry: From then on I ALWAYS wore rubber gloves when working with hot peppers but will definately try your method. I hate those gloves. ************************************************ I will be your Dixie Chicken if you'll be my Tennessee Lamb and we can walk together down in Dixie Land...
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