Wednesday, August 27, 2014

De-Seed Jalapeños the EASY Way

I've been a salsa making MACHINE lately. I already shared my Zucchini Salsa Verde, and I hope to get a post up soon with the tomato salsa I canned a couple of days ago. But, for now, I wanted to share this super way I came up with of de-seeding the jalapeños for the salsa! 

This is the secret tool: a grapefruit spoon! You'll need one of these, a cutting board, and a knife. Gloves are a good idea, but not a necessity if you are careful. (:

Slice the pepper in half lengthwise. If you can slice through the stem, do it! It helps to have a little stem on each half to hold. 

Holding one half of the pepper in one hand, use the grapefruit spoon in the other to dig into the top of the pepper's insides, and scrape it against the inside wall all the way down.

And you have a cleaned-out pepper! Ready to chop, bake, or fill with yummy cheese, wrap in bacon and roast! (Hungry yet?)

This is so much faster and cleaner than using a knife, a regular spoon, gloved fingers, etc!  If you don't wear gloves, still be vigilant about not touching the seeds and flesh on the inside of the pepper. It will burn your skin. I absentmindedly used my fingertips on my left hand to wipe some stray seeds into the garbage. And they BURNED later. If you make that mistake, here is your solution:
I held sour cream on there for about 10 minutes, and it provided immediate and lasting relief!

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  1. Awesome! I wish I would have seen this post earlier today. I cut about 50 jalapenos today for some yummy tomato jalapeno jelly I'll be posting about soon. I don't have a grapefruit spoon, but I'm going to buy one tomorrow. I've still got a bunch more to cut up!

    1. I'm so glad you can use this info right away! I will be excited to see your jalapeno jelly. I love spicy jelly!

  2. Cool Beans! Thanks for sharing this with us at the #WWDParty and enjoy the holiday.

  3. That's a good idea. I wear contacts and once, hours after seeding a jalapeno, took them out... and it was not good. I ruined a new pair of month long wear contacts...I now wear disposable gloves, but a grapefruit spoon is also a great idea.

  4. Great idea for seeding jalapenos. I don't use them very much since my kids don't care for spicy things. I have however touched my eyes once after cutting peppers and it was SOOOOO painful. Had to put heavy cream in my eyes to stop the burning. I highly recommend glove :-) Pinned. Thanks for sharing your tip on Merry Monday.

  5. This is awesome! I also want to thank you for linking up to Merry Monday - the sour cream tip is awesome! I am pinning too! Julia

  6. Great tutorial. I am always someone who ends up with seeds literally ALL over the

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.