How to Seed Jalapeños Without the Burn

Simple Tip: Seed Jalapeños in the Plastic Bag

Whenever I use jalapeños, or any other spicy chile for that matter, I always employ the same simple technique for seeding that ensures my hands and eyes won't burn. Here's how I do it:


  1. Flatten the plastic baggy that the jalapeños come in on the counter next to a cutting board. Place the jalapeño on the cutting board and slice the stem off, then slice in half lengthwise.
  2. Set the jalapeño half in the middle of the plastic baggy. Fold the plastic over to cover the jalapeño.
  3. Taking care not to cut the plastic with your nail, gently scrap out the seeds into the plastic.
  4. Repeat with remaining half and prepare jalapeño according to your recipe.

It's a lot easier than wearing gloves! How do you seed chiles? Share your methods below.

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