In Rangeley at the IGA there was a big styrofoam plate of small round peppers. I did not know what they were but wanted some peppers to go with some refried beans and tortillas. I asked a woman who was near the peppers if they were hot peppers. She said she did not know...so, since there were about 20 peppers for 99 cents, I purchased them.
When we got home from the IGA, I capped one of them, sliced off a little piece and put it in my mouth. Well, I did not actually put it in my mouth, when the pepper touched my bottom lip, I KNEW I had made a mistake! So spicy it hurt. I am not a person who likes to throw away anything I have spent hard-earned money to buy, so I left the rest of the peppers there on the counter. When we packed up to come back to Vermont, I put the peppers in the cooler.
Last night I decided to dry the peppers since a male friend with whom I was discussing hot peppers told me his wife dried their hot peppers and froze them. Sounded good, to I capped them, sliced them, seeded, them, and dried them. I put them in a couple of cute little glass jars and stored them in the freezer.
|Scotch Bonnet peppers, oven-dried|
This morning I hopped into the shower and as I turned my face up into the lovely warm stream of water I rubbed my eyes with those same hands. INSTANT BLINDNESS! I could not believe it. I had already washed my hands multiple times. Eventually the burning blindness disappeared and I was able to go about my business.
Tonight, now twenty-four hours later, I was having a discussion with Dear One, and was very touched by something that he had read to me. When I reached up to wipe the tears from my eyes, you guessed it! More stinging pain! TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LATER! After many many hand-washings...
So, when the smart people on the internet and other places suggest using kitchen gloves when working with peppers, I believe I will do it in the future, especially if I do not know the breed of pepper. Others might want to learn from my mistake.
|Closer picture of dried and frozen Scotch Bonnet peppers.|