Fun way to slice a cucumber!

It’s cucumber season! At least it is for everyone else. For me it’s currently cucumber vine season. Soon to be followed by the much anticipated cucumber season I hope.

So far from the garden I’ve been picking zucchini, broccoli, lettuces of course and I expect before long I’ll be harvesting garlic.

But when the cucumbers get to be picking size they’re all going to come in at once and I won’t know what to do with all of them. I have pickling cucumbers, seedless cucumbers and regular cucumbers. I give away a lot of food because one girl only has so many uses for a cucumber.

You can pickle them, slice them, dice them and add them to a salad. But it gets boring. Which means one of two things. You can start whomping strangers waiting at the bus stop over the head with them, which would be loads of fun, or … you can grab a potato peeler and have fun with them that way.

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As they say, you eat with your eyes first so if all you’re doing is slapping together some lettuce, radishes and cucumbers you may as well fool everyone into thinking it’s more than what it actually is. Even if it’s just for yourself.

 

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I don’t do this all the time for just myself but sometimes I do. Why not? I send pictures of my dinners to my niece (of Bikram Yoga vomitting fame) every night and first she says “Mmmmmm” and then she says “You’re nuts”. Actually she usually types out “You are nuts” because like everyone else who does that, she doesn’t know whether to use “your” or “you’re”.

Either way. She’s right. It was Mmmmm and I am nuts.

Happy peeling.

Happy gardening, happy grilling and, most important, happy eating! Now go give that
barbecue of yours a hug.

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57 Comments

  1. Alin says:

    Neat!
    How do they make carrots curl?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alin – Carrot curls are usually done by slicing down the length of the carrot, so you have one long, thin slice of carrot. Then they’re rolled up and secured with a toothpick. Then they go into ice water for them to set. Takes several hours though. ~ karen!

      • Alin says:

        Thanks, Karen. I tried that overnight and the next day, when I removed the toothpick, the curls straightened.

        • Karen says:

          Hi Alin – It’s possible your carrot slices were just too thick. You can also try this … do the same thing but when you roll up your carrot slice, slice it into 8 or 9 thinner slices. Roll those thin, narrow slices around a chop stick. Then roll another regular carrot slice around it all to hold it in place and secure with a toothpick. The thinner, narrow slices should hold a curl better. ~ karen!

  2. ruth says:

    I like your niece.

  3. dana says:

    I spy your kitchen… Im piecing it all together in my mind now. 😉

  4. Laura says:

    I have a favourite vegetable peeler too — it is just not the same when I use one that’s got a slightly different handle. Kitchen looks great!

  5. Laura says:

    Clever! Loved the sneak peek of the kitchen!!

  6. Cathy Reeves says:

    Yea, I was gawkin at your painted brick wall…what was the post about? Look! Squirrel!!

  7. Donna says:

    I will try that to-morrow, good tip

  8. CC says:

    great tip. I just had one tonite as a salad and was bored as to how I cut it… great tip so perfect and you just crack me up… thanks

  9. Jamieson says:

    Not to be a total “guy” and all, but can we please address how great your boobs look in this video?? It’s not my fault that I’m not looking into your eyes while you are talking; they were off camera! Also, I’m gay [you know that, but some of the others may not] so I feel a little less chauvinistic than some guys would be when bringing up the great boobs. Also a little less puerile by calling them boobs (but not so silly or dismissive as to call them boobies).
    PS Are they going to rescind my Women’s Studies minor over this whole boob to do??

  10. Mindy says:

    I am officially knee deep in cucumbers. I’ll trick my kids into thinking they’re eating something new with this tomorrow.

  11. Valerie says:

    Wonderful work getting the paper thin cucumber mound for your salad plate. And done without wrecking your nails. A further frill to try is to take the tines of a fork and run them down the outside skin from top to bottom prior to the vegetable peeler application. Then you have little demarcations on the outside of the cucumber skin.
    Vegetable art in Canada.

  12. Kathe says:

    The pause scared the crap outta me!

  13. Cynthia Jones says:

    Oh my gawd, we are all cyber stalkers, getting distracted halfway through reading the post and checkin’ out bench tops, taps and ya boobs. That’s not creepy at all. (couldn’t help myself Jamieson, I went back and checked). Just as well we are all so well-adjusted and halfway across the other side of the world. If that was really your lunch, I am amazed. No protein and farty radish as well.

  14. Agnes says:

    You are freaking me out. I just posted this blog post about DIY cucumber slicing yesterday! http://makezine.com/craft/spiral-slicing-your-food/

    Love the video. I miss your longer tutorials. Not enough face time Karen!!

  15. Tigersmom says:

    Were you calling the cats to dinner there at the end or yourself?

    I’m just wondering if we should begin to worry about you. ; )

    I find that food can seem (and almost taste) quite different when cut or sliced in different ways. I hate cubed carrots but I love them shredded, sliced thin or even left whole. When they’re cubed (especially small) it’s like running into little surprise rocks in my salad which I find both jarring and unpleasant.

  16. Su says:

    pretty cool cukes…..

  17. Dagmar says:

    I was so waiting for someone to comment on the boobs, because let’s face it, the camera was on them pretty much the whole time, other than when we saw your beautiful face at the beginning Karen. And I can admit that as a woman I compare mine to other women’s to see how I measure up. Besides the human body is a thing of beauty in itself. Oh, and the veggies look so fresh and vibrant that I can almost smell them through the computer-yum.

  18. Suanne says:

    Special treat when you do videos! Great to start the day out with a smile. Thanks!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    We bought this house 27 years ago, with many contents. Particularly, the kitchen drawers. The house on the farm we bought in Michigan 42 years ago also came with full kitchen drawers, so I have quite a collection of kitchen equipment and tools. There is this paring knife with attachments I could never figure out, but waited for enlightenment. Presumably, at one time, there was a sheet of instructions- long, long gone. Now I know what the little spiral spear thingy sticking out the side is for. I’m waiting for someone to impress.

    • Alice says:

      A spiral spear sounds like a corkscrew to me.

      But many years ago at the Ex, we bought some kind of knife which came with a bonus tool designed to make those spirals. It had a a screw that you screwed into the vegetable, then a horizontal blade with a finger loop at the end — you just put your finger in the loop and turned it, and it automatically did the spiral.

      • Karen says:

        I have that tool, lol! ~ karen

      • Tracy says:

        I had that same blasted tool and thought I was Julia Child all clever and making a spiral garnish-thingy. I twirled it around with my index finger super fast….until the pain set in and I had blood on my cutting board! Super sharp metal loop made my finger look like an accordian! I shutter every time I relive that memory! I’ll take your safer version of a spiral cut cucumber any day, Karen Ü

  20. Mary Werner says:

    Hope you grew some dill in your garden. I loved the pickles I made with fresh dill and garlic. Dill also makes wonderful dried and fresh arrangements but split the tubes in case bugs are down in them. Your “pile-o-cukes” looked so cool and refreshing I went to my fridge to see if I had any balsamic left for tonight. Thanks for the tip on curling since I think they taste better – how strange.

  21. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Interesting comments today. I guess one could marinate “pile -o- cukes”. I enjoyed the face time today and a peek more of your kitchen ha ha ha or was that on purpose??? You ARE such a tease.

    • Karen says:

      You can! I’ve pickled them like that and they’re good, but aren’t quite as firm obviously so they slump a little, lol. ~ karen!

  22. Serduszko says:

    Thanks Karen! Love this idea.. Can’t wait to show it to my 5 year old! Maybe she’ll eat her veggies. ;).

  23. Ruth says:

    *kicking myself for not planting cucumbers this year*

    In my defense… we were supposed to be moving. Said move has – yet again – been postponed and the silly rural supermarkets are devoid of cukes this summer, for some strange reason.

    Ah well… your curly cukes look nice. I will keep this in mind for when my cucumber hunt bears fruit, since I happen to like ‘pretty food’. 🙂

  24. Barbie says:

    I always say that…”we eat with our eyes”….so I LOVE this post! I bought a paderno spirilizer thinking it would be SO MARV! but it’s just OK…….this would have been cheaper and less bulk in my cabinet. I do like zucchini made into strings of pasta-ish looking stuff though! lol

    Been gone for a month so I have some posts to catch up on! After I catch up on all the STUFF I gotta do on the back 40! YIKES!

    • Karen says:

      Hey Barbie. Where ya been? I’m going to make a zucchini lasagna this summer and see how it goes. I”m a bit frightened by the prospect of NO pasta so I may do a 4 layer lasagna with 2 mandolined zucchini layers and 2 pasta layers. ~ karen!

  25. Jean says:

    Mostly, I’m just amazed at how you seeded that cucumber! WHY have I never thought of that myself? I use them diced in salads frequently, and they need to be seeded first. Life-changing. Seriously.

  26. Karen says:

    I saw the topic was cucumbers and I thought you were going to work porn in again the way you did with yesterday’s post. This site warps me.

  27. Shauna says:

    Karen, I’m a Pampered Chef consultant and what you need is the Spiral & Slice – get the same job done without having to first use your apple corer and it’s a lot more fun, and I think faster too – here’s a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cEOlAsS0o8

  28. Patricia Arnsberg says:

    Totally off topic…I just received in the mail today three of the wooden cracker jar lids that I ordered from Brenda at Cattails Woodwork! They are just gorgeous and so well made! I may have to bring the sugar and flour out of the pantry and put them front and center in my kitchen! Really classed up the cracker jars!

  29. Laura Bee says:

    My 3 year old is going to love this!

    When I was a kid I used to grate cheddar cheese & snack on it slowly. Like a whole bowlful. I also like to eat Hickory Sticks one at a time.

    Where did you find your pizza peel? We could really use one – sliding pizzas off a cookie sheet is not the best method! But they are rustic & interesting. Recently one was shaped like New Brunswick.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Well that kindda sounds fun. 🙂 My wood pizza peel is actually an antique. Well … as antique as a pizza peel can be, lol. It’s one solid piece of wood and it’s HUGE. My smaller 12″ metal pizza peel is from Chris’ Store Fixtures here in town, but you can get them online. Amazon probably! ~ karen

      • Laura Bee says:

        Nice! I have been looking for an old wooden one, almost seems impossible to find. Guess I could go to Dayco or Hendrix – the two restaurant supply stores out this way.

  30. Ella says:

    Fun!! Love your videos–they’re so entertaining. I wonder how many other of your readers are, like me, having visions of pizza ovens in their heads. When I was jogging tonight, I kept thinking, when will I build it? and where will I put it? 🙂

  31. Jan says:

    What a great idea! I’m not really creative but I like to try different things. And I will definitely try to cut cucumbers like this! Thank you for the great video!

  32. Kat says:

    Another fun way to cut cucumbers is with a Scandanavian cheese slicer – the kind with a wooden handle that gives you very thin pieces of cheese. It also does that with cucumbers and it works really quickly.

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