Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Burning Hands & Jalapeno's

I just have one thing to say today...

When you are cutting up hot peppers, WEAR GLOVES!!! 

I'll start from the beginning....

In the garden this year Ryan grew a few different hot pepper plants, jalapeno's & habanero's.  So we decided to make & can some salsa.  Perfect, we have a boatload of tomatoes & peppers.  So we got everything we needed on Sunday and got down to it that afternoon.  I started chopping onions and the peppers.  I realized that we had forgotten to pick up gloves, the recipe I had had a reminder at the bottom to always wear gloves when chopping peppers.  Well I said something to my lovely husband and he was like oh you don't need them.  In his defense he did grab me a pair of rubber gloves from his truck but they were too big and bulky for me to use so I didn't bother.  I cut up ALOT of peppers that day, about 10 + cups worth.  Not long after I was finished and washed up, my fingers started to burn a little.  As time went on it was getting worse and worse.  It really felt like I had held my hand over an open flame for a few hours.  Luckily it was my left hand, I could still do some things with my right. 

After much googling, I had my hand in many things.  I big tub of yogurt, a bowl of milk, iced down white vingear & tomato paste to name a few.  I finally fell asleep (or passed out) around 4:30 am.  The only thing that ended up making it feel better was a bowl of ice water.  It was better by morning just a slight sting that I can still sort of feel under my nails. 

So, a word to the wise...wear gloves!   I know I will....


  1. lol! you poor thing. at least now you'll remember from now not to forget the gloves when dealing with hot peppers. i never knew you had to wear gloves when handling them!

  2. Hi Kim! I did that last week. Put my finger to my eye after cutting up a jalapeno! I was making homemade salsa...that was awful! :o

  3. OUCH! I will remember to wear gloves if I ever cut up hot peppers (I'm not a fan of them, so it would be rare!)

    How much did you end up making (salsa?)