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Dish turned out well but chili oil in the eyes is not so good - Zer Netmouse
October 8th, 2007
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Dish turned out well but chili oil in the eyes is not so good
I think maybe the next time I slice up chili peppers I will use latex gloves or something. I was fine during the cooking but even after I had washed my hands a few times my fingernails had traces of chili oil under them. Later in the night I absentmindedly rubbed my eye or brushed a hair away a couple times and found my eye stinging instead of feeling better. Not excruciating pain or anything, but something I'd rather avoid.

That said, though, we enjoyed this basil eggplant dish quite a bit. The recipe was very easy to follow - I particularly appreciate all the pictures. If you make it, note that you put in nearly the same volume of basil (loosely piled) as you do eggplant. Once it wilts it reduces down substantially.

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From:encorecrazay
Date:October 8th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
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I scrub my fingers and nails after doing chili peppers. not just wash, but I lived in New Mexico where chili peppers are a daily food item.
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From:jvowles
Date:October 8th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Ack!

Yes, get a reusable pair of latex gloves, or failing that get a small box of cooking service gloves. I also use a brush on my hands when i'm all the way done. And if you forget or something, coffee grounds and/or lemon juice seem to help get the oil off.

Mind you, the BEST piece of advice I ever had when it comes to anything that deals with proper hot chilis is this: pee before you start. There are few things worse than that particular dilemma when your hands are full of hot chili oil.
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