Ouch ouch ouch help

I made the most delicious supper of all time today.


That is approximately four Poblanos, four Jalapenos, and six Anaheims. I cooked them with one white onion, then added two bags full of Tomatillos and a splash of beer (Tecate, if it matters). Last I added some protein — Chicken for Will, which I browned first, and Chick Peas for me. Helloooo, Chilli Verde.

We ate it with a little sour cream, cilantro, and a hot batch of cornbread.

(This would be a picture of the finished meal, but I ate it.)

Alas, despite what seemed at the time to be reasonable caution I burned the shit out of BOTH my hands on the hot peppers. I am in agony. I have spent the last several hours alternating aloe gel, ice, and sour cream on my hands. Now I have one on ice and the other soaking in rubbing alcohol (when I am not typing, two and three words at a time). If I sound desperate that is because I can’t even hold my son without pain.

The general opinion of dear old Dr. Google is that I’ll be good as new in eight or more hours. In the meantime I can’t even knit. WHY, GOD, WHY?

I need ice cream and Guinness.

12 thoughts on “Ouch ouch ouch help

  1. Ewokmama

    November 25, 2007 at 7:45pm

    Rubbing alcohol? Whaaa? That sounds horrible! Perhaps you should try some diaper rash ointment or lansinoh to see if that helps?

  2. Annika

    November 25, 2007 at 7:47pm

    The alcohol cuts the pepper oil. It sounds MUCH worse than it feels — it is actually cool and soothing. The diaper ointment idea is sounds, though… if I can find any! We haven’t used it in forever.

  3. Min

    November 26, 2007 at 7:22am

    I didn’t read the subject line, but the instant I saw the first picture, I had flashbacks to my own experience this year with peppers and was like, “I soooo hope Annika wore gloves!”

    None of the remedies I read online worked for me. I just had to wait in agony. With mine, the pain was about 12+ hours, but it was more like three days before all traces were gone. Such a nightmare.


  4. eipwek

    November 26, 2007 at 7:22am

    Lansinoh is my new cure-all. I put it on EVERYTHING. Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? (I actually hate that movie, but eh, whatever) Lansinoh is my Windex.

  5. liz

    November 26, 2007 at 7:26am

    The lansinoh might just work; capsaicin is soluble in alcohols and fats … just be careful about cross contamination, ‘kay? The last thing you want is chili pepper in your lanolin, ow.

  6. Annika

    November 26, 2007 at 8:10am

    OK, I don’t know if it was the alcohol (topical), the alcohol and ibuprofen (internal) or just time, but my hands were better by bedtime. THANK GOD.

  7. Della

    November 26, 2007 at 9:21am

    I know the pain you are going through! A few years ago, I decided to make my dad habanero cornbread, because he likes things HOT. I do not, however, so have no experience with hot peppers. After dicing 10-12 of the suckers, I gleefully mixed them in to the batter and baked it up. He LOVED the result, but I was in agony for TWO DAYS. One thing that helped was soaking my hands in milk…didn’t cure it, but offered some relief. Glad you are feeling better now!

  8. Amy

    November 26, 2007 at 12:31pm

    I bet if you designed and sold gloves specifically for the handling of peppers, lots of people would buy those.

  9. Amanda

    November 26, 2007 at 1:12pm

    I friend of mine once did something similar, except he went to the bathroom before washing his hands.

  10. ~ Teresa ~

    November 26, 2007 at 3:27pm

    When cutting a pepper, always hold the stem. Never touch the seeds. Yeah, I found out the hard way too. Never cook with peppers and then think you can use the bathroom or take out your contacts for about 8 hours afterwards! Yikes! I was going to say that the ice cream might feel good on your hands, but I saw that you are feeling better now…. By the way, the meal sounds great!

  11. EL CHAVO!

    November 30, 2007 at 1:29pm

    At least you can consider it a step into developing chile hands, the natural ability to roast and peel chiles with your very own skin gloves! Just don’t rub your eyes, as I seem to forget every once in awhile.

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