Safety should be a priority when cutting or chopping anything in the kitchen. However, peppers — and their mouth- and eye-irritating seeds — require special precautions. This DaveHax video explains easy instructions involving the minimum number of cuts to cleanly and safely cut peppers.
The video works for chopped pieces or strips, but not for stuffing whole bell peppers. For this, TheCookful details how to cut the pepper stem and then remove the seed and internal membrane from the top opening.
While these safe ways of cutting allow you to easily discard the pepper's core and seeds, they may not work for everyone. Some actually want to save the pepper's seeds for either roasting and grinding seasonings or planting additional peppers.
TheChileman.org offers instructions on properly extracting, drying and saving pepper seeds. However, the author strongly cautions readers to use disposable gloves during the entire process to guard against burning interactions with the chili's painful oils.
But what if you still manage to irritate your eyes chopping peppers? PepperScale recommends that you head for the milk. First, wash your hands with milk to remove oils. Next, use a cloth soaked with milk to lightly dab around the irritated eye area.
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