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How to clean and cut cucumbers

How to clean and cut cucumbers


Served either raw or cooked, cucumbers are perfect in salads thanks to their crispiness.


There are many varieties of cucumbers: flat, ridged, green or yellow. When you buy cucumbers, remember that they can’t stand the cold and if you buy them out of season they are often imported and treated with wax.

- Therefore, it is important to peel them well.
- Look for cucumbers that are firm and without spots.
- Do not to select those that are too ripe because they tend to have a bitter taste and large seeds.
- Fresh, Italian cucumbers can be eaten with the skin on. If you want to peel them, first wash and dry the cucumber, then cut off the ends with a sharp knife.
- To eliminate the bitter taste, repeatedly rubbed the tip of the cucumber with the tip you cut off, making a light foam.
- Peel the cucumber with a potato peeler and then slice it.
- If you want, remove the seeds. If you want to serve it raw with a dip, cut the cucumber lengthwise.
- If, instead, you want to add to a salad, cut it into cubes or round slices.

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