Not long ago I learned a painful lesson: handling chili peppers should be done with caution! Thinking that I would holdĀ and cut quickly did not work as I was left with very itchy and irritated hands. It takes a few hours and lots of hand washing to go away.

Solution: pepper gloves from IKEA. They are fabulous and inexpensive. I used them last Sunday on anaheim and serrano peppers and was pleasantly surprised. No more spending the rest of the day muttering obscenities.

Just a hint: hide them from your young kids. I had some a year ago but before I could use them, Ruby relocated them. That pair of gloves has still never been found.

Happy Eating