Buy jalapeños at the supermarket or grow them in your garden, and use them often. Whether you’re whipping up Mexican food, spicing up your cocktails or just adding a little crunchy heat to your breakfast tacos, you’ll need to know how to get from whole pepper to “something you can work with.” The thing is, popping one of these open involves both knife skills and caution, two things we’re helping you master in this simple technique video. Mind the seeds.

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