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Why did this happen to my hand? Slicing cucumbers

dberg1313 Aug 19, 2011 12:46 PM

I used a mandoline to slice the cucumbers for pickles, probably nearly an entire 1/2 bushel, and noticed something I never noticed before. A short time later, my skin had a sort of bizarre reaction I can only describe as similar to spreading Elmer's glue on your hand (like when you were a kid!) and allowing the glue to dry, then peeling it off. Only this wasn't glue--it seemed to be from the cucumbers! Where my skin was in the most contact with the cucumbers it sort of exfoliated! I did wash them well before, during and after the slicing, and I almost had to scrub violently to get the "skin" off afterwards. Anybody else ever have this experience? I have been making pickles for years and never noticed this! They were home grown Kirby cucumbers, I grew them myself, and I know they had no pesticides.

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  1. iheartcooking RE: dberg1313 Aug 19, 2011 01:18 PM

    This has happened with me with most types of squash...

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      haiku. RE: iheartcooking Aug 20, 2011 12:38 AM

      Yep, I've experienced it too, mostly with marrows (zucchini to most of you).

    2. Quine RE: dberg1313 Aug 19, 2011 01:25 PM

      cucumbers are well known for the medicinal properties, especially affecting the skin. Now that youo have given your hands a beauty mask try it on your face as well!

      Some info:

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