Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday's Tip- How to deal with heat of chillies

Chili peppers bring food dishes to a whole new level, sometimes transforming normally boring meals into phenomenal dishes exploding with chilli pepper flavour. But cutting the chillies can be a very hard task and if you fail to cut them properly you will wind up with burning sensation of chillies on your hands for hours.

Don’t you worry; today’s tip will help you to solve this problem.

Tip 1-
Well this is the one with common sense but we usually forget about it. The safest way to cut chilies without setting your skin on fire is to cut them while wearing rubber or latex gloves. They can sting, burn, and irritate skin. Do not touch your eyes during or after handling chili peppers.

Tip 2-
Before you chop chilli peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil. Easy right!!

In any case if you forget to do any of the above steps, here are other tips that will help you to remove the burning sensation from your hands.

Tip 1-
If it can cut through oil and grease on our dishes, it can do the same for our hands! Most dish soaps have oil-dissolving properties that are above and beyond regular hand soap. Just wash your hands with dish soap and you will get some relief.

Tip 2-
Chili oil is more soluble in alcohol than in water, so a good splash of rubbing alcohol can help wash it away. High-proof liquor like vodka can also work well. Just wash your hands with alcohol.

Tip 3-
Chilli pepper is more soluble in fats and oils than it is in water, so maybe it would work. Advice on several internet forums say to pour the milk or yogurt into a bowl and soak your hands until the burning sensation stops.

Do you have a tried and true method of washing burning chili oil off your hands? Please share!

* Disclaimer :::: Not all the information mentioned above is my own and some of it are taken from various books and online sources like Google including the pics. My pics will have my logo on them , rest all are taken randomly from Google 


  1. informative post...thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks Ruxana- visit this space every tuesday for more :)

  3. Forget all these. Rub your hands with Lemon Juice and wash your hands. You feel relief within seconds


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