What Not to do with your Fingers after chopping Jalapeno Peppers….(EDITED)
(EDITED TO ADD) 12/08/07 I just this week made this recipe again at a friends house. We made two batches. The first batch I had the laytex gloves on. No problem. The next day when we made the second batch my friend had accidentaly thrown away the extra pair of gloves. I chopped away….after roasting the peppers. After finishing, instead of sticking my hand in water….we all know that when eating something hot water makes it worse which is what I did the first go around. I poured milk in a bowl and scrubbed my hands in the milk. Then I was able to wash my hands. Guess what? No burning this time…..that is the key….before putting your hands into water…..soak and scrub them in a bowl of milk. No burning blistering fingertips this time………..Thought you might want to know…..:-)
The title says it all……..Need I elaborate? Well……yes.
If you don’t know what cleaning jalapenos will do to you, I probably should elaborate…..:-0.
First, I need to state that neither my husband or I like guacamole. Never could develop a taste for it….until now. My dear friend is from Honduras and invited my husband and I over for a special dinner. We were childless for the weekend. She prepared the loveliest of steaks. Yes a steak can be described as lovely by someone, who once in awhile, can have such an intense craving for red meat, I can smell it cooking!!!
Medium Rare, by the way….:-)
We had steak, baked sweet potato, grilled vidalia onions, grilled asparagus and broccoli salad. It was sumptuous…. and guacamole for an appetizer.
We tried it and were like, “WOW!!” We had to swap recipes. Her guacamole for my broccoli salad.
She and I got together tonight and we made guacamole…….
- 5 not hard and not squishy, in between that, black avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed.
- 3 Romano tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/3 of a red onion finely chopped
- bunch (handful) of finely chopped cilantro
- 3 2-3″ jalapeno peppers, roasted, seeded and pulp removed, finely chopped
- lemon or lime juice to taste
- coarse sea salt to taste
- cumin 1 tsp or more
- Mix together and refrigerate….tastes really great on homemade tortilla’s.
That is how she makes her guacamole.
Just so you know…..I do know how to cook. I know the proper way to hold the knife using the knuckles as a guide so as not to loose the tips of ones fingers or fingernails. (Been there done that…that’s why I learned)
I also know how one is supposed to handle peppers. I am not talking the generic red, green, yellow and orange type bell peppers. I am talking jalapeno, habanero, pablano, Serrano….I am sure you get the idea.
One thing that is recommended when cleaning these peppers, is where a pair of gloves. I didn’t….:-(. I forgot. In fact I remembered as I finished chopping the first pepper.
I can’t begin to describe how warm my fingertips are right now…..Mind you we made this at 7pm tonight. It is now 1:30am. Do the math.
I brought the dip home and tried some on the tortilla’s she made….a little bit squeezed out onto my fingers and I licked my fingers…..:-O.
My lips, tongue and fingers immediately let me know what I had forgotten to do….along with my nose, eyes and would you believe even my ears?!
The oils from the seeds were absorbed into my skin on the fingertips……Yes….that was why I sat here tonight repeating the mantra…”stupid, stupid, stupid as my nose is burning.”! Of course everyone knows that when you have something on your hands and you shouldn’t touch your face ….your nose will itch. It’s never the outside that itches…..(No..I was finished preparing the food and hadn’t planned on my finger going up my nose!!!) I am sure there is some cosmic law that applies to the hands and nose.
Then your eyes will start itching, so of course you must rub your eye. I left my glasses on to hopefully prevent me from doing just that…..did I remember? No!!!!
Now my left eye hasn’t stopped watering. My nose feels like it had menthol stuck up in side and my lips are still tingling. Not to mention the tips of my fingers feel like they have been dipped in horse liniment or have been soaking in a Flexall Bath….Extra Strength.
I have tried scrubbing them with Dawn, Clorox, Lemon Juice and Salt and nothing…..nada…..zip.
I was talking with a friend who grew up in the South Pacific Islands. She came in contact with one of the hottest peppers known to mankind….a Thai Pepper. She suggested soaking my fingers in milk or sour cream.
Well…..I have soaked twice and rinsed twice….washed my face down and soaked again.
Would you like to know how I tested my fingers? If I were you I would sit there and say…”NO!!! Please tell me she didn’t!”
Yes, I did…..I licked them again……my tongue has finally stopped tingling…..I can now say that instead of having 10 fingers that are “tasty”. I now only have 6 fingers that are a little warm on the tongue.
I am sure by tomorrow, I will still be at it….so if some wonderful person out there in the wide wide world, who is not ashamed to admit that “I” am not alone and would like to share their remedy……
My fingers, nose, eyes, ears and left “facial” cheek would appreciate it…….Thank You .