Handling Hot Peppers
Love in the Kitchen
Love in the Kitchen
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  • 16 million Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. Capsaicin and several related compounds are called capsaicinoids and are produced as secondary metabolites by chili peppers, probably as deterrents against certain mammals and fungi.
  • 10 pounds of jalapenos last summer for pickling, I did notice my hands were burning for some time afterwards. And because jalapenos tend not to bother me much, it took me a while to figure out what the problem was! So, if I were going to cut large quantities of these, I'd consider wearing latex gloves.



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