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Jun 15, 2005 07:41 PM

Help! Cucumber-explosion!!

  • k

We have been recently swamped with a cuke surplus and don't know how best to use them. If you have any suggestions for food, drink or otherwise it would thrill me! I can't let all this great produce go to waste..
thanks a trillion

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  1. Cucumber-yogurt soup, cucumber gaspacho, cucumber salads

    You can always pickle the surplus and have home-made half-sour pickles, or full-sour pickles. That is what they used to do in the old days when they had too many cucumbers.

    1. One cucumber salad i enjoy is a equal mixture of julienned cucumber and jicama in a nice vinegrette made with lime juice instead of vinegar.

      Another is the standard drained thin cucumber slices mixed with a little sourcream and finely minced onion. Salt to taste and finely minced fresh parsley.

      Tomato, cucumber, feta cheese and kalmata olives in a greek vinegrette. Roasted red peppers are a nice addition.

      1. And if you don't mind using cucumber as a cosmetic as well as a comestible, use slices as a tonic for your skin. Feels very good on your eyelids and refreshes your face.

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        1. re: MKatrinaToo

          Put the slices over your eyes and puree the rest with some yogurt for a refreshing face mask.

        2. I just checked out Jack Bishop's "Vegetables Every Day" from the library, and noticed that he had a cooked cuke recipe! Here it is, paraphrased:

          Weight and drain sliced cukes (peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, cut 1/4 inch on diagonal) for 1 hour. Rinse and pat dry.
          Heat 2 tbsps oil over medium high heat in skillet. Add 3 medium shallots, minced, and saute 'til golden. Add cuke slices and 2 tbsps lemon juice; cook 'til crisp-tender. Stir in 2 tbsps minced fresh mint and ground black pepper; serve immediately.

          He also suggests a salsa made from 2 medium cukes, 2 cups diced watermelon, red onion, cilantro, rice vinegar, sugar, hot red pepper flakes, and salt. He suggests serving with grilled seafood.

          1. My friend always feeds me this when I visit her:

            Nice thin pita (cut into halves for sandwiches or squares or triangles for snacks)

            Cucumber slices

            Queso blanco slices - slightly melted and browned in a frying pan

            Put cuke slices and cheese in pita and sprinke with lemon.

            Very tasty!