You know the burn that comes from slicing and dicing a bunch of hot peppers for your latest salsa creation. Those seeds, ribs and the inner part of the flesh carry all of the pepper’s heat (in that order) and that heat can literally burn your skin. What’s worse, the burn can transfer from your fingers to even more sensitive parts of your body, including your eyes and your….well, let’s just say it’s crucial you wash your hands before going to the bathroom after you’ve worked with hot peppers.
But here’s the rub: the heat can linger even after you’ve washed your hands. You can wear rubber gloves (and you probably should if you’re working with restaurant-sized prep portions), but that can be inconvenient, can contaminate the taste of the peppers and, frankly, looks lame.
What’s a guy to do?
Fortunately, the people at Cook’s Illustrated had the same question and a group of volunteers who were willing to test remedies for both the burn on your fingers and the burn in your mouth. The best remedy for both skin and mouth? Hydrogen peroxide (or a combination of 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, 1/8th teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of water used as a mouthwash to curb the burn). Baking soda by itself, oil, vinegar and tomato juice did little to relieve skin burns, and water and beer failed to curb the burn in your mouth (milk had a mild effect, but not nearly as good the much-less-tasty but far more effective hydrogen peroxide rinse) in the Cook’s Illustrated test.Google+