[Market-farming] Hand protection

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Thu Nov 6 11:07:37 EST 2003


    I'm just speculating but I wonder if there is a skin-care cream with
milk products in it. The most powerful de-activator for capsaisin is an
enzyme in milk products called casein (?). You might be able to use such a
product to ameliorate the effect of the pepper juice.

    Reminds me of going on a tour of an Old El Paso jalapeno canning plant.
When we got within 200' of the plant, we noticed difficulty breathing. As we
entered the plant, we were given goggles and face masks, standard protocol
for a factory tour, eh? But really, we couldn't breath in there. As we
endured it, we noticed our mouths, eyes and even skin burning from the
vapors. However, all the workers had no masks on. They smiled at us like we
were tourists on a safari. I'm sure they get used to it but I can't imagine
the first day on the job.

Bill Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center

>I'm cutting quite a few jalapenos for drying and find my hands are
>burning too much.  I find gloves, including thin surgical,
>uncomfortable.  I have heard of potions that are supposed to solve my
>problem.  Can someone give me direction?
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