View Full Version : HELP! green chiles

08-25-2008, 03:35 AM
I cleaned green chiles with my bare hands. Now they burn like fire. What can I use to get it off?


08-25-2008, 03:37 AM
This will sound weird, but try massaging oil on your hands (any cooking oil will do), then washing them with soap. Repeat if necessary. Please let me know how it goes!

08-25-2008, 03:49 AM
A quick google found a suggestion for olive oil, so yeah, I'd try that. Otherwise, any fat should work. Or yogurt or sour creme.

Good luck

Matera the Mad
08-25-2008, 03:54 AM
Oil works. Trust me. I live for the hot stuff, but my eyes don't like it.

08-25-2008, 03:57 AM
Crisco oil it is. Thanks all.


08-25-2008, 05:13 AM
Took three times, but the chile fire is gone from my hands. So much for the sign at the store that they were 'mild' chiles. Actually, it was only one of the four that was mucho caliente.


Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-31-2008, 02:16 AM
Man, I wish I'd known this little tip 35 years ago when I chopped a peck of jalapenos at the pizza joint where I was working...

09-17-2008, 01:33 AM
Milk actually works pretty well, especially whole milk (the fat, again, as suggested). The essential ingredient that makes peppers hot is capsaicin, which is an oil contained mainly in the inner portion of the pepper skin (not in the seeds, as some may think). It is insoluble in water, which is why washing with water doesn't help. Your body's own oils will eventually take care of the problem, but in the meantime,for a few minutes, it's uncomfortable. Particularly if you get in in your eyes.

A swig of milk will also alleviate mouth-fire from peppers. And beats a swig of olive oil.


09-17-2008, 08:12 AM
Bread or tortillas will work better for the mouth fire than milk. Been eating hot food since I was a kid. I just hadn't made it from scratch in a loooong time.


09-17-2008, 08:21 AM
According to Alton Brown of Good Eats, fat causes a chemical reaction and loosens the capsaicin that blacbird wrote about. Water won't do anything, like blacbird said. So if you eat anything super hot, drink milk or anything fatty like that to loosen it.

09-18-2008, 02:43 AM
But if you watch the new show on Food with Ted Allen he proved that milk is best to get the capsaicin to release from your taste buds. The texture of bread or tortillas merely distracts your brain from the pain and is terribly temporary. :) Alcohol, pop and water make it even worse, no matter what temperature they are served at.

09-18-2008, 03:11 AM
Alcohol, pop and water make it even worse, no matter what temperature they are served at.

Well, maybe if you drink enough alcohol . . .


10-02-2008, 10:58 PM
A piece of dark chocolate (again, the fat) popped in your mouth will also kill the heat. As well as being darn tasty.