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Old 11-05-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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Jalapeno cleaner (deseed & devein)

My roommates and I like to make a lot of grilled jalapenos. The drawback is the oil gets in your fingers and stays for days no matter how hard you scrub. (really bad for contacts)

We generally make 2 dozen or so at a time when we grill so I'm looking for a better method to clean them.


I found these 2 tools and was wondering if anyone had any experience with either one.
http://www.jalapenocafe.com/twister.html

http://www.bbq-tools.com/store/morei...?Product_ID=92

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Old 11-05-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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I do not have any experience with those tools. I just use a pair of gloves. They can be used for many other things too like handling chicken or anything else.

This is the kind I use.
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Old 11-05-2006, 02:23 PM   #3
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I have a very yellowed box of Wallgreens brand latex gloves under the sink. Shortly after buying the box, my knife skills improved enough that they were no longer needed. Of course, I don't wear contacts. I just pulled one out and put it on. Even though it must be 10 yrs. old it is still air tight.

Like GB, I have no experience with either tool. Sorry.
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:15 PM   #4
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The capsaicin (sp?) found in chile peppers is an alkalie. It can be neutralized with an acid. After handling jalapenos, I scrub my fingers with vinegar then wash them thoroughly. Works for me.
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:44 PM   #5
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Milk will also dissolve capsaicin.
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:49 PM   #6
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Hello and welcome to DC. I use the Playtex regular gloves and the Playtex heavy duty gloves because I don't want anything to get on my hands or my fingers.

I usually use these gloves when I am cutting up meats etc.
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:06 PM   #7
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I finally learned my lesson & ALWAYS wear disposable gloves when I'm working with jalapenos. There's something I use to de-seed & devein the peppers that does an excellent job but this is gonna sound strange!

We have 4 parrots. 3 of them were hand raised & we continued handfeeding them for a little while after they came home. What we used was a regular teaspoon with the sides curved up - we bent the spoon with heat & pliers. I kept the spoon & use it all the time when I make poppers.
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:16 PM   #8
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One time rubbing your eyes right after working with hot peppers will cure you forever of dealing with those puppies barehanded! I always wear disposable gloves of some kind when handling chiles, wash my knife, and peel off the gloves right after I put the cutting board straightaway into the dishwasher! Not going to have that experience again!
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:59 PM   #9
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We have a chiligrill that we absolutely love. It when we bought it we ordered the 2nd device you gave a link for. It's really a serrated apple corer and works great. It makes short work of de-seeding the peppers. I do use gloves if I'm going to be working on lots and lots of peppers - but for a couple dozen we don't usually worry. If you're really sensitive I'd wear gloves because there will still be "some" contact.
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:37 PM   #10
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Gloves are a must.
To remove the seeds - use a paper clip. Very effective, cheap as can be!
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