chili_stringWe all know that chilis are hot. Some more than others. There are precautions you can take when handling chilis that will make it safer and easier. If you’ve wanted to try a habanero, but did not want to risk burning yourself, here’s what you do.

  1. Wear gloves. This will keep the active ingredient Capsicum off your hands, and on your knife
  2. Never, ever touch your eyes or other sensitive parts of your body if you handle chilis without gloves.
  3. Take out the seed core of the chili. The seeds are the hottest part of the chili, and unless you want to burn the diner’s mouth, I suggest this method.
  4. Wash all utensils and cutting boards thoroughly after handling chilis.
  5. Thoroughly wash your hands after handling chilis even if you wear gloves. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

That’s it. Follow these few tips, and you are well on your way to being “macho” in your house.