How to Cut and Seed a Jalapeno Pepper

Cutting and seeding a jalapeno pepper

Jalapeno peppers have very hot oils in them, so you want to make sure you’re well prepared before you work with them. To make sure none of those oils get into the crevices in your skin or under your fingernails, it’s a good idea to wear gloves. If you don’t have gloves, make sure you rinse your fingers in a little bit of white vinegar and cold water after you’re done with the jalapeno. Start by cutting off the top of the pepper, then cut down the sides to expose the inside. Be very careful while removing the seeds and ribs, as some juices can squirt out. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds, and repeat until the inside of the pepper is nice and clean. Once you’re done, throw out your gloves, wash your knife well, and rinse with vinegar and cold water.