Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to get rid of Jalapeno Burns on Hands

In making Southwest Eggrolls this Saturday for Mother's Day, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As I do with most cooking projects, I began by washing all of my veggies and chopping them all. I finely diced my red bellpepper, then I de-seeded and diced my jalapeno pepper and then I quickly chopped my green onions. I got lazy when it came to the fresh parsley and threw it in the food processor for a quick chop.

I threw the red peppers and green onions in my pot with a bit of vegetable oil and began to stir them. Once they were hot enough I added my precooked chicken to the pot followed by the jalapeno peppers, parsley, and all of my spices.

As I was stirring the mixture, I realized my hands were getting extremely hot over the hot pan, so I rinsed them off with some soap in some cool water. The pain stopped, only to return about 15 seconds after I removed them from the cold water. I began taking more frequent trips to rinse my hands, trying to remember if I had burned them on something.

It was time to take the eggrolls of the heat and add the cheese and begin filling them into the eggroll wrappers. As I was spooning the hot filling into the eggroll wrappers and rolling them up, my hands were ON FIRE. I had to stop between rolling each eggroll to find relief in the cold water of the kitchen sink. Finally my boyfriend had to take over the rolling of the eggrolls as it was too much pain to bear. I grabbed my go-to frozen green beans out of the freezer and clutched them for dear life between my hands to stop the burning. 

After about 20 minutes of the pain, I had my boyfriend Google "hands burning after cutting jalapenos." Only to yield about 34,800 results. Apparently this is a common thing. 

Thousands upon thousands of posts and people in the same pain as me. I tried EVERY remedy I could find.

***I have starred the ones that I found to be most helpful.

Rubbing alcohol: Absolutely no relief whatsoever.

Vinegar and olive oil mix: This just smelled bad and provided no relief.
***Sour cream: This was like heaven. I put some sour cream in a bowl and just soaked my hands in it. It was so cool and calming and felt as though it was pulling the burn out of my hands. Only problem was, as soon as the sour cream started to come to room temperature, the throbbing pain would come back.

Milk: In between sour cream batches, I would rinse my hands in milk. The fridge cold milk was so soothing but only temporary.

Cold water: This was my go-to at the beginning, but after soaking in the ice cold sour cream, this provided absolutely no relief. I stuck my hands under the faucet to rinse off the sour cream at one point only to endure SEARING pain to my hands. I jumped back at the burn from the hot water. I stuck my elbow out to test the water. Ice cold. My hands were now so cold from all the remedies that cold water wasn't cold enough.

Ice water- At points I would put ice cubes in a bowl with some cold water to soak my hands when the sour cream wasn't cold enough. I would soak them for a few seconds and then remove them, only to have to soak them again when the pain came back 5-10 seconds later.

Hot water: people online raved about this, claiming that the hot water would remove the pain. Apparently it would open up your pores so the jalapeno juice could come out and the pain would be gone. right? WRONG. do not try this. My hands were already burning and then to put them in hot water felt like I was sticking my hands in fire and leaving them there. HORRENDOUS PAIN. I do not recommend this.

Vinegar and baking soda rub: no relief. just smelled bad.

Olive oil: just felt greasy and was room temp. so it was not cold enough to sooth my hands.

Lime juice: did absolutely nothing

Lime juice and water: not cold enough, felt like nothing

Lotion: My hands were raw at this point and rubbing in the lotion just felt uncomfortable.

***Olive oil and sugar scrub: I saw this somewhere around hour 3 of the pain and it seemed like it had potential. The explanation behind it was that sugar could remove the capacin from your skin. The heat in peppers is quantified by the amount of sugar needed to neutralize the heat. I figured I'd give it a try. This felt like rubbing sand paper on a burn, but was oddly soothing. I could literally feel the heat leaving my hands. I tried this at about 3-4 hours in so I don't know if it was already getting better from time passing, but for me this really helped REMOVE the heat and for an extended period of time. I did this scrub about 4 or 5 times and each time would give me longer periods of relief.

***Bag of frozen green beans: I used a bag of frozen green beans to rest my hands on for the last 1-2 hours of pain. My hands were raw and sore and this helped. (Ice pack would work just as well)

In the end, I would recommend the olive oil and sugar scrub to remove the capacin from your hands, and I would recommend the cold sour cream for soothing your hands, and an ice pack or bag of frozen veggies for relief. These proved to be the most helpful to me. However I'm pretty sure time is the only true cure to this. Mine lasted almost exactly 6 hours until I felt complete relief.

Next time I am using gloves and chopping my jalapenos in the food processor!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Funfetti Oreo Stuffed Cookies

   Cookie Ingredients:
   1 box Funfetti cake mix
   12 oreo cookies
   1/2 cup vegetable oil
   2 eggs

   Buttercream Glaze Ingredients:
   Buttercream frosting
   Dash of milk

Directions: Mix funfetti cake mix with 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 2 eggs. Wrap each oreo in your cookie dough, making a thin layer around the entire oreo. Careful so that you don't use too much dough, just enough to cover the oreo. Lay cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool and drizzle with Buttercream Glaze!


Buttercream Glaze Directions: I used some leftover buttercream frosting, heated in the microwave for 10 seconds, mixed with a tiny bit of milk and drizzled it over the cookies. 
***(If you don't have buttercream frosting laying around, you can mix some powdered sugar with a tiny dash of milk and vanilla. A little liquid goes a long way with powdered sugar)***

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

Who knew making your own peanut butter was so easy? I'm not sure I'll ever buy it again, considering how easy this recipe was to make, and how good it tasted!


1 cup peanuts (I used roasted, lightly salted)
1-2 teaspoons peanut oil

Place your peanuts in a food processor and blend for about a minute. Once the nuts start to break down into a fine grain you will notice they start to release some natural oils. Add about a teaspoon of your peanut oil and blend again. At this point the consistency should resemble a grainy peanut butter. If you need to, add another teaspoon of peanut oil. Blend until completely smooth.

The motor in my food processor was working hard on this and the peanut butter was actually quite warm when it came out of the food processor. Use immediately or place in a covered dish and refrigerate until needed!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Best Steak Marinade in Existence

About a year ago when I saw a recipe on for the Best Steak Marinade in Existence, I was a bit skeptical. The ingredients list alone was daunting. But I have to say it did live up to it's name, Best Steak Marinade in Existence.

1/3 cup soy sauce 
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tsp minced garlic (optional)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Puree everything in your food processor. Pour in a shallow dish and throw your meat in. Marinate for up to 8 hours. We have done this right before dinner and only let the steaks marinate for about 30 minutes and they were still delicious. But the longer you can let them marinate, the better. This marinade turns so-so cuts of meat into the most delicious steak of your life.

Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl

What is more refreshing than a fruit salad? This Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Bowl not only looks great, but it is healthy and it is so easy to prepare and bring to a lunch or barbecue at a friends house! I used the fruits that I found that were ripe and fresh, and I decided to use a watermelon as the bowl. This is such a great recipe because it is quick and easy, not to mention the fact that you won't have to worry about finding a bowl to use for presentation!

I used:
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
Other Delcious Fruits you can use:
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Any other fresh fruits you can think of!

Chop your fruit into bite-sized pieces and  then toss your cut fruits in a light drizzle of lemon juice to keep them fresh and also to prevent them from browning. To store this fruit salad, cover in plastic wrap in the fridge.

Mini Pigs in Blankets

Hillshire Farms Lil' Smokies Sausages (with cheddar cheese)
Puff Pastry (premade - frozen)
1 egg


First, make an egg-wash out of your egg and a bit of water. Beat the egg thoroughly and mix in a couple tablespoons of water. This will be your binding agent to make sure the blankets don't fall off of the pigs.

Get your puff pastry out of the freezer and let it sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Lightly flour a cutting board and lay your puff pastry out flat on the cutting board. Next, with a lightly floured rolling pin, gently roll out the puff pastry in to a thin sheet.

Next, using a pizza cutter, slice your puff pastry into squares that are about 2-2.5 inches on either side. Place a sausage diagonally on the square of puff pastry. Fold over one corner onto the sausage. Lightly brush that corner with your egg-wash. Bring the opposite corner over the hot dog and lightly press it into the puff pastry. It should stick pretty easily thanks to the egg-wash.

Lay out on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes at 350 or until lightly golden brown. You can also partially bake these and freeze them for a quick easy snack!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paula Deen's Oatmeal Lace Cookies

You can usually count on two things when using a Paula Deen recipe. 
One: It's going to be extremely delicious. 
Two: It is going to call for an insane amount of butter.

This recipe makes the chewiest most delicious oatmeal raisin cookies ever. Because they are made with baking soda and not baking powder, these are a flatter cookie, and are more chewy than other thicker cake-like oatmeal raisin cookies. This will definitely be my new go-to Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe!

2 sticks of butter* (room temperature)
2 eggs
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups oats
1 cup raisins (or to taste)

* I used salted butter, but if you use unsalted butter, make sure to add 1 tsp of salt when you add the flour to the batter.

Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Once mixed, beat in your eggs. Mix your flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in another bowl. Slowly add your dry ingredients to your batter and mix thoroughly. Once it is completely mixed, add your oats and mix until blended well. Then, gently fold in your raisins to the batter. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool on cookie racks and enjoy!


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