Preparation tips for dried chiles Fresh chile peppers should have smooth, firm, glossy skin with no soft spots or shriveling. Cut away and discard the stalk end. Holding the chile under cold running water to prevent the oils from affecting your eyes and throat, slit it from the stalk end to the tip. Scrape out the placenta (membrane) and seeds. Afterwards, wash your hands, knife and chopping board thoroughly to clean off the oils. Do not touch your eyes, lips or other sensitive body parts even after washing your hands. chiles can literally burn. You should consider wearing gloves when you prepare hot peppers (we suggest physicians gloves available at drug stores).