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07-02-2009, 11:40 AM
I would love some ideas, recipes for cucumber, besides eating them with dip or in salads. We have the largest crop of cucumbers, this year in our garden.
Our garden is doing so well this year, we have lots of green beans, carrots, and lettuce. Our corn already has ears in the baby stage, our watermelons are baseball sized. I am so looking forward to homegrown corn and fresh watermelon. Yum!
07-02-2009, 11:47 AM
Cucumber water is sooooo refreshing. Just slice cukes and put then in container in fridge w/water - soooo good.
Gorilla sandwich? Thread is floating around here.
07-02-2009, 12:06 PM
Works well in soup, in slices with avocado or a dip, in juices.
07-02-2009, 12:06 PM
Use them to make gorilla sandwiches www.gorillasandwich.com or spiralize for noodles and make pastas.
07-02-2009, 12:14 PM
Also - great for tired eyes. Slice and place on (closed of course! :rolleyes:) eyes! Really refreshing!
07-02-2009, 03:26 PM
Can you pick a bunch of the smaller ones and pickle them? Don't know what kind of cuke you got....
07-03-2009, 11:54 PM
I love to use cukes in green smoothies. They juice beautifully, too. I seem to remember a drink recipe called Cucumber Mint Cooler - not sure which recipe book it's in, though.
07-04-2009, 02:12 AM
What part of the Country do you Live? You can Always Gift the Neighbors with a Bundle left on their Porch. That's how we do it in Altadena.
07-04-2009, 04:07 AM
a simple, american kimchi... you can get some raw apple cider vinegar, dilute it with some water, add a dash of salt, a dash of pepper (if desired), slice a small (or large?) onion into thin rounds and cut the cucumber in thin rounds about the same size, then let them pickle over night... you can leave the skins on, or don't- it's up to you. :) the result will be a tart, cool, crisp, refreshing summer water kimchi that is, in my opinion, absolutely delicious. :) oh, you want the vinegar/water to be about 1/2 inch over the cucumber & onions, so it's very watery. if it's too tart, you can add raw honey/stevia/agave... it should be like 2 to 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar, depending on how much you like vinegar.
you can also make oi sobagi (stuffed cucumber kimchi).. i should note that it's easier to eat them if you cut them in half before slicing them, as demonstrated in the video.. cut them in half then slice them, is what i'm saying.. lol it's also easier to store 'em if they're cut in half first. i use something similar to this to store mine in (http://www.heritagemint.com/jump.jsp?itemID=701&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1,2,7,56&iProductID=701). the only problem is that the red pepper juice can stain them up. :/ which is why i prefer to use a glass lock & lock, if at all possible.. :)
here's the recipe: http://www.maangchi.com/recipes/oisobagi-kimchi - just leave out the fish sauce. you can also add spicy or medium peppers (not bell peppers!) to it.
here's an alternate oi sobagi recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qskrfm_WJmM, and another alternate one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq76sbcKGV8
you can make oi-naengguk (cold cucumber soup) http://www.maangchi.com/recipes/oi-naengguk
it's a water cucumber kimchi, again, just leave out the fish sauce (it's really not necessary)..
Maangchi said she was going to make oi muchim sometime in the near future.. So that's another one you could make... oi is cucumber in korean, if you hadn't noticed XD lol
oh.. i found an oi muchim recipe..
here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqhdPpJKIxg
also, instead of using sugar, you can use stevia, raw honey or agave or whatever your preferred sweetener is. i would also probably use more sesame oil than she did, lessen the salt and add more red pepper flakes and use freshly minced garlic, but that's just me lol. you can buy red pepper flakes at asian markets or korean markets. here's a couple online sources: http://www.koamart.com/shop/30-1976-hot_peppers_paste-red_pepper_powder__5lbs.asp < this is one.. they have smaller bags, but this is the bag that i get, because i use it all the time. it tastes WAY different than american chili powder.. so no substituting.. :/ lol it's a much sweeter, yet spicy pepper... they also sell sea weed and nori rolls. :)
07-04-2009, 06:51 AM
I think you'd just need to change the sweetener and untoast the cumin ...
Cucumber Cooler with Mint
from here (http://food.sulekha.com/cuisine/american/cucumber-mint-cooler.htm)
3 quarts water, chilled
3 English cucumbers, peeled and coarsely sliced
½ teaspoon mint
½ cup lime juice, fresh squeezed
¼ teaspoon toasted cumin, ground
¼ cup sugar
In a blender add ½ cup of water with 1 cup of sliced cucumber. Blend. Add more cucumber and mint and blend. Continue until all the cucumbers are pureed.
Strain the cucumber juice of its seeds into a very large pitcher. Add the remaining water, lime juice, cumin and sugar. Chill before serving.
07-04-2009, 09:31 AM
I love, love, LOVE Cucumber Aioli (https://www.rawguru.com/raw-food-recipes/raw-cucumber-aioli.html).
With a vegetable peeler make long noodles from your cucumbers.
Make a sauce from:
1/4 C. hemp or olive oil
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 T. crushed red pepper
Drizzle the sauce over the cucumber noodles just before you're ready to eat.
Add a tomato basil bruschetta from:
diced roma tomatoes
Top your cucumber aioli with some of the tomato basil bruschetta and EAT. Yumm!!!!!
07-05-2009, 10:20 PM
I have been eating a lot of cucumbers w/ hummus - it's such a simple and refreshing meal in the summer.
07-06-2009, 03:45 AM
I can't remember who to give credit for this recipe. I'm sure it is from someone on RFT, for which I am very grateful. :) It is especially good in hot weather.
Slice the cucumber into noodles.
Put dressing ingredients in blender; green onions, almond butter and/or tahini, lemon juice, nama shoyu, hot sauce*. Blend until smooth.
Toss or top the cucumber noodles with the dressing.
Optional: Top dish with spring mix and/or chopped mint leaves
*Aleesha's Hot Sauce: 2 T. Olive oil, 2 T. Balsamic vinegar, 1/2 jalapeno, 2 T. cayenne (or less!), garlic
07-06-2009, 11:49 PM
Chef at work the other day made this incredible chilled cucumber soup - and it was all raw!!
He put in mostly cucumbers, a leeetle bit of tomatoes, peaches and canteloupe, lots of herbs (parsley, basil, etc), and a smidge of jalapeno. It was so yummy!!!
07-07-2009, 09:00 AM
I use it as an ingredient in bread. I put a few in the food processor and then add crushed flax seeds and what ever flavouring (usually chopped onions) I want.
07-07-2009, 09:03 AM
I should add that I freeze cucumbers and then use them for bread. I travel a lot and need to use up things before I go so I would put them in the freezer and then use them up when I got back.
You can freeze lots of them and then add them to cracker ingredients for the rest of the year.
07-07-2009, 09:29 AM
in asia they have cucumber icecream... so if you froze them, you could try making icecream, too! :)
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