So. This evening, I assemble all the ingredients together to make a large batch of salsa. Wearing gloves did cross my mind for about 3 seconds, but I detest working in them, so I didn’t bother.
“Don’t worry about it,” He says. “They’re hardly hot at all,” He says. :)
Excited to be creating something with all the beautiful little Jalapeno peppers we harvested, I set about cutting, seeding, and dicing about 25 of them, frequently washing my hands. I prepared the onions, sweet peppers, garlic, tomatoes and spices and set this aromatic concoction to simmer and reduce. After another thorough hand wash, I sat down with a cup of coffee and savored the spicy aroma with satisfaction.
Well, hellooo! About 10 minutes later, my hands started to burn, and without going into a lot of boring detail — man, do they hurt! I had read somewhere that milk is good for removing or neutralizing the oil, so I tried that, without success. Alcohol helped slightly, but only for a few minutes. I checked out a forum where they suggested that rubbing your hands on stainless steel would take away the pain, and miraculously, it did! But not for very long. I tried lemon juice, every variety of soap and cleanser, lemon juice. All to no avail. Now, several hours later, the worst of the sting has eased, but let me tell you, I’ve sure learned my lesson! I. Feel. So. Stupid.
What do you think? It is still reducing, but it turned out pretty well, yes?
Now, if I can only remember to don gloves before removing my contacts at bedtime………..