The Basics: English Cucumbers

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English Cucumbers

English cucumbers or cucumis sativus, may be identified as having much smaller seeds, an unwaxed skin that is much thinner than traditional varieties & a lengthier overall shape. They are generally sold unwaxed & wrapped in plastic to protect the outer surface that is a bit more delicate comparatively making them ideal to use with the need of removing the skin before using them. Add them to spritzers to gently flavor the simple beverages or to salads & sandwiches for good texture. Learn how to store them properly to ensure a maximum self life in the refrigerator.

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How To Purchase & Store English Cucumbers 

One of the benefits of an English cucumber is that the seeds need not be removed as in the case of more traditional varieties. They may be grated & added to dressings or sauces, sliced for salads & arranged on platters for use with dips & spreads pairing perfectly with Fresh Herb-Chèvre Cheesecake.

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Available throughout the year, English cucumbers may be found wrapped in plastic in the produce department of the market. When purchasing, they should measure approximately 12-inches or so in length & should feel firm from end to end. Avoid vegetables that have small soft spots throughout & note whether decay is beginning at either end of the cucumber. Once home keep the cucumber wrapped in the original plastic for storage & remove just a small amount for slicing the amount of the vegetable you plan to use. Rinse it under cool water before preparing further for recipe applications. Expect a shelf life of approximately 7 to 10 days.  

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