Preparing Jalapeno Peppers

When handling jalapeno peppers, always wear plastic gloves. If you have to cut a large number of peppers, try this: First cut off the tops of the peppers, then slice them in half the long way. Use the small end of a melon baller to easily scrape out the seeds and membranes. It speeds the job along and keeps you from accidentally slicing your gloves. —Julaine Svacina, Richland Center, Wisconsin