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Jun 2, 2007 08:45 AM

Things to do with cucumbers?

I Love Cucumbers! Apparently a little too much as I currently have 15 cucumber plants growing in various gardens around my house. You never know how many seeds will take. Last year, with only two plants I was giving cucumbers away we had so many! They thrive here.

Granted, I could take some plants out but I have a funny thing about killing plants on purpose so I'm kind of stuck with them.

So I need some creative recipes that will use up my hordes of cucumbers. I often make cuke soup, dill salads, topping salmon...the usual things. What else can I do with massive numbers of cucumbers over the summer?

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  1. I think I've heard of folks enjoying nut butters on 'em!

    Cucumbers taste like watermelon to me, so maybe you could borrow some watermelon ideas. Invent a cocktail!

    Last idea: make your neighbours happy, or replenish nearby food-banks.

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    1. re: bellywizard

      My favorite comfort food: onion bagel toasted with peanut butter and cucumbers. A few chips on the side doesn't hurt.

    2. There are lots of asian cucumber salad recipes: rice vinegar, sugar, toasted sesame seeds, salt, garlic.

      1. Stuffed cucumber Kimchi. The contrast between cool & crisp/spicy hot is great.

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        1. re: hannaone

          cut in half, then quarter the halves (so that the pieces are the size of old school fishtsicks, sprinkle with a light vinegar (champagne or white wine) and a little sel gris or fleur de sel--simple, refreshing, and addicitive. My mother used to set these out for us; they'de last seconds.

          1. re: hannaone

            You cannot make cucumber kimchi with old cucumber as they will taste bitter.

          2. You could make raita - yogurt/cucumbers/mint or dill.

            What about some kind of cucumber based "salsa"?

            And the cocktail idea is a great one - at the Bread Bar in NYC I had a great cocktail that had cucumbers in it - and cilantro as well. Incredibly refreshing - now I'm craving one!

            I looked it up:

   - Kuchumber Kooler - has green chilies, cucumber, cilantro, and gin.

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            1. re: MMRuth

              That reminds me--Pimms cocktails are great (aka Pimms cup).

              1. re: Nikiforos

                Eastern Standard in Boston serves a non-alcoholic cocktail with cucumber and cranberry juice, so refreshing!

              2. re: MMRuth

                Something that I've been playing with is a mojito with a few slices of cucumber in it. You have to give it a good shake to incorporate it into the drink, but it turns out beautifully.

                1. re: negronilover

                  The Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ serves cucumber mojitos at their spa bar and they are amazing!!!! I usually drink too many to remember the details but they cube the cucumber instead of slicing it, and they might even marinate the cukes in a simple syrup?? because they taste sweet, or maybe they just let them soak in the drink before serving.

                  1. re: yamalam

                    I recently had a cucumber infused vodka that was terrific.

              3. You lucky duck, ours won't be ready for ages yet.

                Sometimes we slice them up and pop them into a jar of pickle juice in the fridge. Almost instant pickles!

                We also like to eat them with nothing more than lots of fresh lime juice and salt, chilled. Addicting.