Cucumbers have a lovely, fresh and light flavour. They are crisp and crunchy and are an ideal addition to salads, sandwiches and appetisers. The cool cucumber will freshen up any recipe.
Next time your picking up a cucumber, remember these simple tips.
How to choose a cucumber
- Be sure to choose a cucumber without blemishes or soft spots. This can indicate they have started to rot. Look for a cucumber with dark green colouring and without any yellow spots.
- You should avoid any cucumbers that have wrinkles, this shows the have been stored for too long at high temperatures and have lost their moisture.
Best place to store cucumbers
- Surprisingly, cucumbers should be stored at room temperature – not in the fridge. When stored at room temperature, cucumbers thrive and last longer. When stored in the fridge they are prone to become water-soaked, start pitting and see accelerated decay.
- But if you wish to chill your cucumber, limit to no more than 3 days. Also to note that cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes certain foods to ripen very quickly.
- Keep your cucumbers on the counter, but be sure to keep them seperate from bananas, tomatoes, melons, which are all high ethylene producers.
Cucumber recipes to try
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