butternut squash residue
Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:48 PM
I was cutting up raw, peeled butternut squash today and noticed again the tight, dry, residue it leaves on my hands...repeated washings in hot water with lots of soap didn't alleviate the problem very much. what IS this residue and what reaction is occurring between it, the air and my skin? any info you can relate would be greatly appreciated; as for me, i will wear gloves from now on
Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:31 PM
Posted 12 November 2004 - 04:10 PM
It is the same as the mucus type stuff that is just under the skin of a chayote squash that acts as a very strong glue - many times I have had my knife handle glued to my hand before I began wearing gloves all the time.
The only thing that I have successfully used to remove it is to dampen my hands and use salt to scrub.
I keep an open bowl of salt and one of baking soda next to the sink for this purpose.
I think the Univ. of Illinois web site has an explanation of the material. - I know one of the univ sites does and I consult that one quite often.
Edited by andiesenji, 12 November 2004 - 04:10 PM.
Posted 13 November 2004 - 01:17 AM