Techniques

Peeling and Seeding Cucumbers

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Much of the cucumber’s nutritional value is found in the skin and seeds, but these parts are often burp-inducing. Unless you are planning to have an alphabet-burping contest, peeling and seeding is good form, especially when you expect company.

If you choose English or Persian cucumbers, there will be less seeds to remove. And unlike the standard cucumber found in most markets, English or Persian cukes are not waxed or oiled for appearances.

First, peel the cucumber. Please use a peeler. Do not try to impress me with your paring-knife peeling skills. No matter how good at it you are, a peeler will still remove less edible flesh and will always be faster.

Next cut the cuke in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to gently scrape out the seeds, then slice as desired.

You can crisp up your cukes in ice water before you serve them. This is especially nice when using them for crudités.
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