June 24, 2009

Jalapeno Tip

Yesterday I made fajitas for my family. I know it seems silly in Hawaii - but my Dad misses Latin foods. (There aren't too many here, mostly asian.)
I learned a couple things about our friendly jalapeno that I thought I would share with you.

1 - As you probably know, the heat lies in the seeds and in the ribs. Remove those to make a more mild salsa.

2 - Do not use your hands to remove the seeds or ribs. I don't think you need gloves, these peppers aren't that hot, but use a spoon or your knife.

3 - The oil in the peppers is what makes your hands taste spicy after - wash immediatly after. This oil can burn you. (Yes, I know this from experience - I removed the seeds with my thumb, and behind my finger nail was a little sore all night.)

4 - (This one I figured out myself - its the best!) To remove the oil from your hands, if washing doesn't work, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub the area. The alcohol removes oil! Isn't that awesome? That's my culinary experience mixed with my nursing knowledge! Try it! Hey, someone let me know if it works with onions or garlic!

1 comment:

Amy said...

Wiping your hands on stainless steel pan (or your stainless steel sink) gets the onion smell out of your hands! I always forget to wash my hands immediately after dicing jalapenos, and my fingers go to my eyes, wipe, and BURN! :(