Spice Up Your Labor Day BBQ, Not Your Hands

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It’s pepper season in Colorado!

The spicy oils are largely contained in the seeds and the veins of the jalapeño pepper. Wear gloves and avoid pepper fingers when de-seeding and de-veining your peppers. Photo by Jon Sullivan

The spicy oils are largely contained in the seeds and the veins of the jalapeño pepper. Wear gloves and avoid pepper fingers when de-seeding and de-veining your peppers. Photo by Jon Sullivan

With Labor Day comes the last long weekend of the summer. Cooler weather is approaching and the days are getting shorter. But it’s not all bad news. Pepper season is here!!! That means that your local farmer’s markets are peppered with spicy treats to add some heat to your Labor Day BBQ. But remember, the spice should go into your dishes, not onto your hands and definitely not in your eye!

Tips for avoiding hot pepper hands

There is a large selection of peppers to choose from, all ranging from mild to crazy-eye-watering-mouth-numbing-sweaty-lip peppers. The recipes are also endless, but for a good old fashioned Labor Day BBQ, the classic cheese stuffed chili peppers are a hit with every BBQ. And while you’re at it, wrap a little bacon around the peppers, this is America after all.

But before you get to stuffing and wrapping your pepper, take precaution to avoid spicy pepper hands and fingers. For total protection, wear rubber gloves. If you don’t have any handy, what you need to watch out for are the seeds and the veins, as this is where the pepper contains its hotness. When you go to de-seed and de-vein your peppers, use a spoon or a knife carefully and try to avoid touching anything but the outside of the pepper.

Getting rid of pepper hands

There are a lot of theories out there. The best remedy is to rub your burning pepper fingers with anything that will break up the spicy, stinging oils of the pepper.

  • Vegetable oil may help
  • Milk and/or yogurt may help
  • Dish soap (not hand soap) may help
  • Time heals all pepper fingers…just try not to touch anything until it goes away!
The habanero chili is the hottest chili readily available in the US. It can add quite a bite to a salsa, but proceed with caution when eating it and handling it. Circle Of Habaneros Photo by Glockenklang1

The habanero chili is the hottest chili readily available in the US. It can add quite a bite to a salsa, but proceed with caution when eating it and handling it.
Circle Of Habaneros
Photo by Glockenklang1

But wearing gloves and avoiding contact with the hot oils in the pepper is your safest bet. And if you do end up with pepper fingers, do not touch your hands to your face, your eyes or any other sensitive body part.

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