Sunday, July 24, 2011

Different Ways to Make Decorative Cucumbers

Generally, we peel cucumbers all the way. Sometimes and for the healthier of it, we slice them right away without peeling, dash the slices with salt and there goes crunchy crispy sounding bites! Since cucumber is always available, delicious, and easy to slice, you too can make it more pleasing to the eye with the following ways. This is your time to make fresh vegetables look like the pros do which does not even have to be difficult - just like I did.

Peeled Cucumber 

This is the most common thing. Cut off both ends of your cucumber. Using a kitchen knife or a vegetable peeler, peel all the way down the vegetable. For some art, run a fork all the way down your peeled vegetable. Move over then slide again until the entire cucumber has been lined with the fork. Slice cucumber into 1/4 thick rounds.

Striped Cucumber 
From Jamie Cooks It up!
Trim both ends of your cucumber. Using a kitchen knife or a vegetable peeler, peel one strip all the way down the cucumber. Move about the width of the strip you just peeled and leave the skin intact. Peel again then leave the skin again. This will create a striping effect on your entire cucumber. Slice into 1/4 inch thick rounds.

No-Peel Cucumber

Many claims slicing cucumber with the skin on is healthier as you eat every part of the vegetable. Simply remove both ends of your cucumber and slice right away. This way is not just healthier but even faster:) 

Cored Cucumber

Remove both ends then peel the entire cucumber. Slice in half lengthwise. Loosen the seeds with a sharp knife then gently scoop out the seeds with spoon. You will be creating half moons. I made some doughnut holes out of this by simply trimming the ends, peeled down then cutting in half but not lengthwise. I used a long thin knife to remove the pulp with the seeds. Slicing my cucumber into 1/4 inch thick gave me doughnut-like cucumbers.

Julienne Cucumber
Image from House of Annie
I find this way of julienning easier. After removing both ends, cut right down the middle lengthwise then begin slicing each half into slender strips about 1/4 inch thick.  After you have all the long strips of your vegetable, stack them together and cut in half to make shorter strips about 1 & 1/2 inches long. There goes your match stick julienne.                                            

Cucumber Ribbons
Photo by
Trim the ends of your cucumber. I don't have a mandolin so I use a vegetable peeler. Simply move the peeler to slice the vegetable lengthwise, creating long and thin ribbons. When you reach the seeds, turn the vegetable and peel from the other side.

So far, those were all that I have learned and truly were so enjoyable and fun to do. Don't you think the techniques are simple but perfect enough to spruce up your cucumber dishes?

Try it!