jalapeno burn

Duuuuude. Here is my very best New Year’s advice: never ever cut up hot peppers with bare hands.

Oh, really, you all knew that already?? Then how come no one told me?!!

I made a really amazing three bean turkey chili for lunch yesterday and of course it included a couple of freshly chopped hot peppers.

I thought that I had washed my hands pretty well, until around 5:30 last night when the burn started on my left hand under the fingernails, and then traveled down the 2nd knuckle of the inside of each finger. Oh my hell.

I’ve had a jalapeno burn before, but never like this. One of those peppers must have been really freaking hot.

I tried everything the online forums suggested; vinegar, milk, rubbing alcohol, baking soda and water paste. Well okay, I tried almost everything, I didn’t have any vodka in the house, and frankly I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to rinse my hand in it or get drunk to dull the pain, either way I wasn’t about to make a liquor store run on New Year’s Eve anyway. Oh, and I didn’t pee on my hand either, as one forum commenter had suggested, because, well, I don’t really think I need to explain why I didn’t want to do that.

Anyway, I finally combined the milk and the baking soda into a thin paste and soaked my hand in it for about half an hour. Then I dumped the stuff, made more, and soaked for another half hour. Thankfully that combination actually worked, and it gave me a good excuse to sit on the couch and watch tv for an hour. Oh, wait, it was New Year’s Eve – I already had a good excuse to sit on the couch and watch tv!! Dang wasted excuse.

Anyway, my next shopping list will include rubber gloves. And more baking soda.

Happy New Year peeps, let’s hope 2011 is better than 2010…

ps. The things I do for really good food…because honestly, I’d suffer all over again for that chili. 🙂

pss. These sorts of things happen to me all the time. I really am a walking disaster and I finally feeling like writing about it again.

psss confidential to F & S. That was the best lobster I ever had, and it’s a good thing it was so big because Josh ate half of it. 🙂 Thanks!!


7 Responses to “jalapeno burn”

  1. Stimey on January 1st, 2011 11:25 am

    Happy New Year to you! Hope you really are back and writing. I miss you!

    I’ve never had jalapeno burn. It sounds terrible. Just be glad you didn’t touch your eyeball.

  2. magpie on January 1st, 2011 3:04 pm

    What Stimey said. Be glad your hands stayed out of your eyes!

    Happy new year!

  3. AnnetteK on January 1st, 2011 4:18 pm

    And can you imagine if I had picked my nose?? 🙂

  4. Caro on January 1st, 2011 10:12 pm

    Well, you’d be cured of THAT bad habit… 😉

  5. Amira on January 2nd, 2011 12:16 am

    Oh crap, jalapeno burns are no joke. Want to hear something that might make you feel better? My sister accidentally rubbed the corner of her eye, near her eyebrow, after cutting jalapenos once and didn’t realize it until the burn kicked in. Ouch!

    But glad the milk and baking soda worked!

  6. Fran on January 2nd, 2011 1:45 pm

    Oh, the perils of good cooking! Glad you’re ok and thanks for sharing the lesson!
    Happy New Year!

  7. Fairly Odd Mother on January 4th, 2011 9:01 am

    My first experience with this was when I tried to put my CONTACT LENSES in! OMG, I thought my eyes would burn up out of my head. Yowch!

    (I still cut them though—they are just soooo good!) ; )

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