Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Kitchen tip: dealing with chile oil

This is another tip I saw on the Food Network, but I can't remember whose show it was. I have on more than one occasion (in the last two months, even) had chile oil on my hands and, either forgetting it's on my hands or thinking I'd washed it off, subsequently gotten it on various sensitive parts of my face: upper lip, skin right below my eye, and so on. Not so much fun, especially when one is dealing with "whoa, Nellie" hot Thai chile peppers.

Well, apparently you can use baking soda to take care of it. According to one Food Network host whose name escapes me, it neutralizes the spicy components of the oil, or helps remove them, or something--I can't quite remember what--point being, it solves the problem. If I remember correctly, you wash your hands with a mixture of baking soda and water. Admittedly I haven't tried it, but I will the next time I deal with hot peppers.


Supersaps said...

Soap and water definitely don't always do the trick, either (speaking as someone who cooks spicy food often, and usually remembers to wash her hands with soap and water, and then likes to take her contacts out before going to bed...)