Capsaicin! Holy hotness! Now I’ve been called a lot of things. One is a wuss when it comes to spicey foods. And well, it’s all true! I can’t handle the heat. If I want to enjoy one tablespoon of my friend Rebecca’s chili sauce I have to mix it with a cup of sour cream.
Now despite being a heat wimp, I totally love salsa. Though pico de gallo, fresh salsa, is tasty, I’ve always preferred cooked salsa with it’s tangy, soupy consistency (also good with sour cream). Yummy! So with rain on the horizon, I thought we’d better take advantage of the season’s tomatoes! The San Marzano’s worked well because they had a lot of meat and few seeds.
Now a word of warning, the heat did end up getting me! After peeling and coring the 15 pounds of tomatoes, it was time for the chilis. I finely chopped and seeded the anaheims and jalapeños. That’s when the problem started! Now I’ve chopped chilis before, but not after coring tomatoes. THE BURN! My hands started unpleasantly tingling. I tried pouring milk on my hands. I tried egg whites on my hands. Nothing worked! To avoid my fate, wear gloves or coat your hands with oil.