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How to prepare courgettes

How to prepare courgettes

Preparing courgettes is fairly simple. You just need to remember 3 things: 1) the bigger they are, the less good they will be, 2) they never need to be peeled, and 3) the central part with the seeds is pretty tasteless.

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Last modified on: June 8th 2011

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PreparationStart to finish
29 min.29 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #1Scrub the courgettes in water with a scourer to get them smooth. 1 min.
2 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #2Cut off the ends. 1 min.
3 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #3If you want rounds, you're almost done: slice them with a knife or, better still, using a mandolin. 5 min.
4 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #4If you want diced courgettes, cut them in 4 lengthways. 2 min.
5 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #5With a knife, cut off the central part containing the seeds. 3 min.
6 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #6You should only keep the part with the skin, without seeds.
7 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #7Cut this lengthways... 5 min.
8 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #8...and finally across to produce small triangles.

Your courgette is now ready to use.
10 min.
9 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #9If you are only using a mandolin, it is better to cut the courgette into chunks first, then cut these on the mandolin... 2 min.
10 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #10...turning them every time you get the the seeds in the centre.
11 How to prepare courgettes : Photo of step #11This will produce small sticks, the length of the chunks, which can then be cut into dice if you wish.

Remarks

The idea that "the bigger a courgette is, the less flavour it has" is not easy to put over, especially as amateur gardeners usually think quite the opposite: "Ooh, a big courgette - yummy!" But unfortunately the big ones (on the way to becoming marrows) are only good for stuffing.

The Pourcel brothers (chef twins) only use courgettes that have seeds for making a puree which is then sieved.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1350 gr0 gr15 gr
7 %0 %0 %2 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
270 gr0 gr3 gr
1 %0 %0 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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