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Old 07-30-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Love hot peppers, but....

hate wearing gloves to handle them? Allergic to latex?

Found a great method to deal with capsaicin on your hands after handling chili peppers....

Here's what you do:

After you've chopped/mashed/fondled/whatever you intend to do with your peppers, apply a small amount (2-3T, more if you have big ham hands like me! ) of cooking oil. Cheap stuff will do fine.

Rub your hands down, top to bottom, COMPLETELY for a good 10 seconds - just as though you were washing your hands with soap.

Then, wash your hands just as thoroughly with soap and water.

Here's how it works:

Capsaicin is only soluble in fat. This is why it sticks to your tongue, and why drinking high fat-content milk or buttermilk is the best way to cure the burn.

This same principle works when cleaning your hands - the oil picks up the capsaicin, then you wash the oil away with the soap.

I love my chilies, and I hate latex gloves. This was a godsend for me when I stumbled across it one day after chopping some peppers for the dryer (I make my own chili powder out of habaneros, Thai prik peppers, and cayenne) - No more fiery hands! :)

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very cool.
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Oh come on.. I LIKE taking my contacts out with chili pepper fingers.

Thanks for the tip!
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'll have to try that. I take a different approach. Since capsaicin is a strong alkalai, I "wash" my hands with some vinegar, a strong acid, then soap and water. The acid neutralizes the alkalai and the problem is solved.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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I'll have to try that. I take a different approach. Since capsaicin is a strong alkalai, I "wash" my hands with some vinegar, a strong acid, then soap and water. The acid neutralizes the alkalai and the problem is solved.
So, theoretically, rinsing your mouth with, say, lemon juice, would kill the heat faster than buttermilk?
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So, theoretically, rinsing your mouth with, say, lemon juice, would kill the heat faster than buttermilk?
But which one gives you a better look on your face?
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So, theoretically, rinsing your mouth with, say, lemon juice, would kill the heat faster than buttermilk?

I'm not saying that. I've only ever used the vinegar on my hands. Feel free to go ahead and test the theory if you don't mind the taste of vinegar.
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I'm not saying that. I've only ever used the vinegar on my hands. Feel free to go ahead and test the theory if you don't mind the taste of vinegar.
That's why I suggested lemon juice, which would be a bit more palatable (thinking nice strong homebrew lemonade...)
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Buttermilk is fairly acidic too, so, at least in theory, it should be more effective than the lemon juice (fats + acid instead of just acid).
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That's why I suggested lemon juice, which would be a bit more palatable (thinking nice strong homebrew lemonade...)
Sorry, I missed that. Lemon juice is not as acidic as vinegar. Either way, it's worth a try. What's the worst thing that could happen?!
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