Thursday, August 26, 2010

Crunchalicious

Crunchalicious. That's the best way to describe this summer's pickling cucumbers, cukes as we like to call them. Although they are mostly used for pickling, they also add crunch to a salad or vege tray. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil vinaigrette or a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over a sliced cuke for a delicious, low calorie side. Dill is a great herb to compliment the flavor of cukes.

When shopping for cukes look for firmness and a good green color. Don't be scared off by whitish or light green spots - that's normal. You don't want cukes that are withered or shriveled, dull or yellowed, or soft. That's a sign that they've been picked a while, or left on the vine too long. Cukes will stay fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. So, head on out to the market and stock up for the week.

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