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Best tool for making ABTs ???????????

MemphisMemphis Posts: 144
edited 7:40AM in EggHead Forum
I love ABTs (especially shrimp ABTs) - but I hate making them. I use a paring knife and usually cut the pepper up. My question is - What do ya'll use to clean out the peppers?? This is a very ingenious group here - so I KNOW ya'll have some weird ways of making this an easy task !!! HELP - I need some ideas !! Lawn Ranger - do you have anything in your magical bag of tools ??


  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    Cut them in half and then use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds/ribs. Works like a snap.

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,746
    i took an old spoon, bent the handle in half, shaved the sides down on a grinder to fit an average sized pepper better, and sharpened the front lip for an easy fast scrape. i scrape under running water to save a step of washing. its pretty quick

  • duckeggduckegg Posts: 267
    My wife uses a grapfruit spoon, works good. Try having your wife do all the prep work, works great :)

  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,826
    I second that tool - for those who don't know a grapefruit spoon has a serrated front edge and makes quick and easy work!

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  • dhuffjrdhuffjr Posts: 3,182
    I use a baby spoon. It is the perfect size and does not require any modification.

  • One place makes a tool with a crank :ohmy: on it for cleaning out the peppers when you just cut off the tops. I've not used it but the video made it seem like it worked like a charm. For the life of me I can't find the link.

    I use a veggie peeler, one where the blade doesn't swivel.
  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    <p />Memphis,[p]been a while since I posted, hope the pic works. same thing that fishlessman did. old teaspoon and a grinder has a perfect profile for the snowcone style ABT

  • Memphis, I don't have one but may need to add it to the tool box. I guess this is for whole peppers, I generally cut mine in half. T

  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    eggor,[p]Very clever idea man, I see your thinking cap is still on straight! Not only is that a good tool for ABT's but I make bread-and-butter pickled jalapeno's. That would work great for those as well. [p]Did you sharpen one or both of the edges to help cut the veins?[p]~thirdeye~

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,746
    <p />eggor,
    mines similar but different and used differently. mine tappers a little wider back at the handle and is sharp only at the tip. i leave the pepper top on, cut a slit down the side of the pepper with a slit perpendicular at the stem section. insert spoon at the side and scape down the inside of the pepper leaving it all in one piece. then stuff the boat and wrapp a stretched piece of bacon around it, no toothpicks
    these were big abts stuffed with chunks of vidella and cheese.

  • eggoreggor Posts: 777
    thirdeye,[p]sharpened both sides just in case I find someone left handed to help make 'em, I found me some cheese spreaders that will replace the spoon. When I finish them I'll post the pic.[p]Scott

  • Memphis,

  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    This may work but I don't know for sure because I don't have one.

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  • Memphis,
    I use a grapefruit knife.

  • Memphis,[p]I bent up an apple corer (just to make the overall diameter
    a bit smaller). Works great for the seeds and extra flesh.
    Just don't push too hard or you go through the far end.[p]HolySmokes

  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i use one of those cheapo swivelly vegetable peelers.[p]i run it around inside, and it takes off the seed while leaving the veins. thought the veins are shredded and left hanging. i like to leave them in cuz that's where most of the heat is.

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  • What does everyone think of the chile grills like this:

  • Memphis,[p]A fellow really doesn't have to do much to the pepper if you are careful cutting out the stem. I can usually get at least 75% of the seeds with this cut. You don't want to cut any of the ribs out!! You want to keep the heat. You won't be able to taste any remaining seeds that are left in the pepper. If the heat is toooo much, use a milder pepper. We always stuff 20-30 bananna peppers for the wimps and children. Also, the hot bananna peppers are even better stuffed. [p]With my easier method, I can do about 60 pepper halves an hour and if my wife helps, about 100 an hour. [p]33MVC-018E.jpg[p]They are sure a great appetizer.[p]Dave

  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I use the small end of a mellon baller. -RP

  • Memphis, The heat is in the lining/ribs, whatever you want to call it...+ the seeds, which are completely indigestible and will, well...leave your body in exactly the same configuration in which they entered...period, except you may be hopping for some ice cream to come thru too... If you scrape the seeds & lining out, the peppers will be milder, soak overnite in ice water, still milder...if you want the taste but not the heat, clean the peppers, boil them slowly for about 5 min, & then plunge into ice water. I like mine hot, but not all my guests do....your choice..

  • chucklschuckls Posts: 399
    Grapefruit spoon. Serrated teeth on the leading edge.
    Oh, yeah, I started wearing latex gloves, too, lately.

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