Cucumbers are truly cooling (their inside temperature can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the air around them!). Their fresh, light flavor and crunchy-when-thick and crispy-when-thin texture is a wonderful addition to salads and crudités platters. Get the best from cucumbers with information on how to buy, store, and use these cooling summer vegetables below.
How to Choose Cucumbers
How to Store CucumbersWaxed or wrapped cucumbers will keep chilled for a week or two; un-waxed cucumbers will keep for up to a week if wrapped loosely in plastic and stored in the crisper.
How to Use Cucumbers
We all know cucumbers are great sliced into salads or served raw, but cucumbers can be cooked to great effect. Peel and slice or chop cucumbers and sauté in a bit of melted butter. Sprinkle with salt and some chopped fresh herbs, if you like, for a mild, crunchy side dish perfect with simply cooked fish.
For the less adventurous, scrub cucumbers clean, cut a slice and taste it. If the peel is unpleasantly thick or bitter, peel the whole vegetable before slicing to chopping for salads, otherwise you can leave the peel on. Serve plain with soy sauce or a light yogurt dressing.