How to prepare cucumber

How to prepare cucumber
Or how to start with a whole cucumber and finish with small crunchy dice, ready to be added to a salad.
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Last modified on: August 6th 2019

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For 1 cucumber, you will need:

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
How to prepare cucumber
Cucumber skin is fairly indigestible, so start by peeling the full length.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to prepare cucumber
Trim off and discard the ends.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
How to prepare cucumber
Cut the cucumber into pieces 7 or 8 cm long, which makes the next stage easier.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
How to prepare cucumber
If you would like round slices, all that remains to be done is to slice the cucumber. The best tool for this is a mandoline.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
How to prepare cucumber
If you prefer diced cucumber, cut the pieces into sticks, taking care to avoid the central part with the seeds.

The sticks should be nice and smooth, with just cucumber flesh and no seeds.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
How to prepare cucumber
Cut the sticks into small dice.

Stage 7
How to prepare cucumber
Your cucumber is now ready for use, whether in a mixed salad or on its own with a good vinaigrette dressing and a few herbs, fo example.
If you prefer your cucumber tender and a little less crunchy, you can sprinkle the dice with salt and leave them in a sieve for about an hour to drain off some of the juice.

You will have noticed that when cucumbers are sliced, there are always the seeds in the middle, but these are less noticeable if the cucumber is sliced very thinly.

As mentioned above, it is quite normal not to eat the skin, but this is mainly a matter of personal taste. If thinly sliced, it poses little problem.
A few hours in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
24 Kcal or 100 Kj2 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %1 %<1 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
12 Kcal or 50 Kj1 gr2 gr0 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
Per cucumber
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
24 Kcal or 100 Kj2 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %1 %<1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 1 cucumber : 0.50 €

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