View Full Version : Quite the Fajitia experience. A very important story and message to all!
12-13-2006, 04:33 PM
In the middle of making the jalopeano cheese I went to the bathroom. Then decided to take my contacts off and BAM!!!!! My eye was spitting fire! It was burning so bad that I thought it would pop out of its socket. I soaked my eye in my saline solution and water and after 10 minutes it was gone. The left side of my face is still kind of puffy and really red.
The moral of the story is to watch out for the pepper. Even if you washouy r hands the oils stay with you and on your skin. I will be using gloves the next time I deal with this pepper b/c I have no idea how long the oils stay on the skin. But boy did that hurt!
Its kinda funny now that I think about myself just an hour ago, but wanted to give everyone a heads up. I've used jal. peppers before but I guess I never touched my eyeball!
12-13-2006, 04:41 PM
OUCH! I know THAT hurt.
Now you know what it's like to get pepper sprayed. It usually takes about :45-:60 to recover from it.
When I was making my own powerdered cayenne I didn't realize when I ground the peppers that it would be all OVER the place. I needed a gas mask ~ which I didn't have. :o
Thanks for sharing. :D
lil fairy z girl
12-13-2006, 05:03 PM
oooh, makes me twinge poor you. i am glad your first aid helped.
Sharon in Colorado
12-13-2006, 06:48 PM
I can imagine it getting in the lungs too. When I made those jalepeno poppers, my lungs and chest hurt really bad.
12-13-2006, 07:42 PM
Yep! Reminds me of my first Christmas with my inlaws. They're Italian and every year they made a traditional recipe of stuffed peppers. My father in law grew them. Actually he grew all sorts of peppers and the ones used for stuffing were small, roundish sweet peppers but they looked exactly like the small roundish super HOT peppers.
I offered to help my MIL in the kitchen and she handed me a bowl of peppers, a cutting board and a knife. She told me to take the tops off and begin removing the seeds. I did and not long after my hands began to burn. I questioned her about the peppers asking if they were hot peppers. She said they were not. After a while I couldn't take it any more. I tried everything I could think of. Put oil on my hands. Rinsed them in milk. Nothing was taking that burning away. I finally fled the house in tears and stuck my hands in a snow bank. The icy snow took away the burning for a few seconds. All night long I had to keep running outside to do that. Actually I suffered for two days because of those peppers. I must have had a ton of those hot "oils" on my hands and managed to spread it all over my body.
I did not enjoy Christmas that year! Nobody enjoyed the peppers. They were far too hot to eat whole and stuffed. And my MIL was very apologetic after having made some nasty comments to me about weasling out of doing the deseeding. She didn't even last as long as I did at the task. After the second pepper she had to stop because she too had the burning.
Now when I do hot peppers, I try to make sure not to touch the insides. I carefully cut off the end where the little stem is, then use a very small knife to scrape around the inside, taking care not to cut through the flesh. I will then either throw the pepper in the food processor or I will throw it in a bowl and cut it up with my salad scissors. And of course I wash my hands immediately afterwards just in case.
12-13-2006, 10:56 PM
Ya! I do that alot. Not just with peppers. but onions and garlic and most recently.. I poured a combination of oil and vinegar on my salad and some how vinegar splashed into my eye. The bugger! Stung worse than any pepper fingers ever! Oooo that smarts! :cool:
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