And besides the great taste they add to your recipe, they are really a very healthy menu item.
Did you know:
- and this one I really like the idea of... they can boost metabolism making weight loss easier and quicker!
Step 1: Let's Get to Chopping
Wash your jalapeño well, and dry it off.
Slice off the stem end of the jalapeño, unless your recipe says to use it for presentation purposes (in which case you wouldn't be chopping it up to begin with so none of thin information would apply).
Place it on a firm surface and insert the knife into the middle. Pull the knife through the end so you have halved the jalapeño.
See those seeds and membranes? That is where the heat is, mixed up all along that center vein. You can determine how much or how little heat you want to add to your recipe by how much of this you remove.
I always remove the seeds, they aren't the main supplier of the heat. But you can decide how much of the center membrane to leave in when you chop it to determine the heat factor.
Step 2: Diced JalapeÃ±o
Whichever your decide, skin on or skin off, you need to slice down the pepper length wise into strips.
Gather the strips into a bundle and cross slice them
Step 3: What If Its That Residual Heat on Your Hands That Scares You?
I have known people to put a finger to their lips and get burned, rub their eyes and get burned, and some how touched other places I won't mention, but they were definitely burned!
You can, and should, wash you hands after chopping jalapeños, but this will do very little to remove the capsaicin oil from your hands and fingers. Once sure way to clean the oil off is to rinse off you hands and fingers with everyday ordinary household bleach.
Bleach might be hard on your skin, but its a much nicer alternative to a pepper covered finger getting into your eye!
Last thing I wanted to share is how to stop the heat from making your mouth fall open with flames shooting out. People will tell you to use milk, or beer even wash it down with some soda pop. These aren't likely to help, and might even make the pain worse.
I was brought up believing the only way to stop they heat was to eat more pepper, which physiologically makes sense because you are forcing your body to release those "feel good" endorphines which might actually help. But what if you don't want to eat more of it?
So remember, rinse your hands with bleach, and keep some sugar handy, and enjoy the taste and benefits of the JALAPEÑO!