Tip of the Week: Cooking with Chilies

Fan of fiery flavors from chilies? Here's how to handle the heat.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

 

Fan of fiery flavors? Chilies give food a deliciously hot kick. Capsaicin, a compound found in chilies, is responsible for this intense heat. How to prep and cook with chilies? Here are a few tips:

 

1. When chopping chilies, make sure to wear thick rubber gloves and to wash your knife and chopping board thoroughly after chopping to prevent capsaicin oil from burning your skin or transferring to the other ingredients that you will be prepping. Always remember to avoid touching your eyes and nose.

 

2. To tame the heat level that the chilies give to your dishes, remove the seeds and the white rib where capsaicin is concentrated. This way, your creations still get a mild kick without the overwhelming heat.

 

 

Photography by Patrick Martires; original text by Rachelle Santos

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