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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default I like cucumbers, I really do

    But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!

    I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.

    nancy

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do


    "Nancy Young" <email@replyto> wrote in message
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    > But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    > not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    > I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    > long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >
    > nancy


    That was the problem the year I grew the lemon cucumbers. That is after I
    replaced the plants many, many times! Apparently the slugs really like
    them. Everyone I know got a ton of those things. One can only eat so many.
    I don't know if those work for pickles or not but we're not big pickle
    eaters.



  3. #3
    Dora Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    Nancy Young wrote:
    > But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    > not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    > I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    > long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >
    > nancy


    It's good that you didn't plant zucchini!
    Dora

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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:41:18 -0400, Nancy Young <email@replyto> wrote:

    >But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    >I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >


    I hope I have that problem in a month or so.<g>

    I'm almost out of my Cinnamon Cucumber rings.
    http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~bcohen/c...les/rings.html

    They are the consistency of apple & so far nobody has guessed cucumber
    when I asked them to name the fruit/vegetable. Most say 'Apple?' -
    but I've had some pretty exotic guesses.

    I'm not sure if they should be called pickle or candy. But they are
    yummy-- and use up a lot of cukes.

    [Those red hots are hard to find-- but I stock up when the dollar
    stores have them]

    Jim

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    M. JL Esq. Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    Nancy Young wrote:

    > But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    > not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    > I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    > long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >
    > nancy


    How do you feel about pickle making:
    --
    JL

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On 7/7/2011 7:02 PM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > On Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:41:18 -0400, Nancy Young<email@replyto> wrote:
    >
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >>

    >
    > I hope I have that problem in a month or so.<g>


    (laugh) I know, I'm not really complaining, I'd be sad if no cukes
    came up. It's fun to watch those seeds I planted turn into monsters,
    but I'll probably yank at least one of the 4 plants. They're taking
    over.

    > I'm almost out of my Cinnamon Cucumber rings.
    > http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/~bcohen/c...les/rings.html


    I am trying to picture them!

    > They are the consistency of apple& so far nobody has guessed cucumber
    > when I asked them to name the fruit/vegetable. Most say 'Apple?' -
    > but I've had some pretty exotic guesses.
    >
    > I'm not sure if they should be called pickle or candy. But they are
    > yummy-- and use up a lot of cukes.
    >
    > [Those red hots are hard to find-- but I stock up when the dollar
    > stores have them]


    Sounds like a fun project, maybe I'll give them a try. Thanks.

    nancy

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On 7/7/2011 7:01 PM, Dora wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.



    > It's good that you didn't plant zucchini!


    Heh, I tried one year and I got one zucchini. I'm not crazy about
    them so maybe I got justice.

    nancy

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On 7/7/2011 6:51 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Nancy Young"<email@replyto> wrote


    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!


    > That was the problem the year I grew the lemon cucumbers. That is after I
    > replaced the plants many, many times! Apparently the slugs really like
    > them. Everyone I know got a ton of those things. One can only eat so many.
    > I don't know if those work for pickles or not but we're not big pickle
    > eaters.


    I usually cut one up into spears and snack on them or have them with
    lunch/whatever. It's not a tough problem to have, if nothing else,
    the compost bin will welcome them.

    Funny story. The other day I went to the supermarket and as I was
    returning to my car I hear the cashier chasing me down, Miss!! Miss!!
    (I guess Old Lady! Old Lady! didn't sound right). Oh, no, what did
    I leave behind now, I *hate* when I do that. I turn around, she's got
    a plastic bag full of cucumbers. Are these yours?

    I'd brought my own bags so I didn't notice someone left them behind.
    But I was able so say No. Thank you, but those are *not* my cucumbers.
    (laugh)

    nancy

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    Pico Rico Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do


    "Nancy Young" <email@replyto> wrote in message
    news:4e1636d8$0$29538$[email protected] .com...
    > But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    > not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    > I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    > long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >
    > nancy



    Greek salad, with mint and yogurt dressing. something along those lines . .
    ..



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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On 7/7/2011 7:55 PM, Pico Rico wrote:
    > "Nancy Young"<email@replyto> wrote in message
    > news:4e1636d8$0$29538$[email protected] .com...
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.


    > Greek salad, with mint and yogurt dressing. something along those lines . .


    Oh, that sounds good, thanks. I have plenty of mint and yogurt, too.

    nancy

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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:41:18 -0400, Nancy Young <email@replyto> wrote:

    >But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    >I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >
    >nancy


    I have one word....

    ....pickles.

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    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    On 7/7/2011 7:24 PM, M. JL Esq. wrote:
    > Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.


    > How do you feel about pickle making:


    It's a good idea, though these would have to be cut up. I'm fond of
    half sour type of pickles, but they don't keep long. I never did
    take up canning, I should put up pickles.

    nancy


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    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    Nancy Young <email@replyto> wrote:
    > On 7/7/2011 7:24 PM, M. JL Esq. wrote:
    >> Nancy Young wrote:
    >>
    >>> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >>> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>>
    >>> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >>> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.

    >
    >> How do you feel about pickle making:

    >
    > It's a good idea, though these would have to be cut up. I'm fond of
    > half sour type of pickles, but they don't keep long. I never did
    > take up canning, I should put up pickles.
    >
    > nancy


    Sounds like you have the larger slicing cucumbers. For canning I prefer the
    smaller pickling cucumbers. Like most fat people, I like the bread and
    butter pickles. However, their is nothing saying that you cannot pickle the
    larger slicing pickles also. Then there is the almighty homemade relish...

    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Nancy Young" <email@replyto> wrote in message
    > news:4e1636d8$0$29538$[email protected] .com...
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >>
    >> nancy

    >
    > That was the problem the year I grew the lemon cucumbers. That is after I
    > replaced the plants many, many times! Apparently the slugs really like
    > them. Everyone I know got a ton of those things. One can only eat so
    > many. I don't know if those work for pickles or not but we're not big
    > pickle eaters.


    I grow them every year. They make great pickles. I use Alton Brown's
    infused pickle recipes. I love making "stackers" with the lemon yellow
    cukes. I also make bread and butter pickles with them.

    Oh, I am on my third seedlings. First the weather, then the leaf miners
    wiped out my crop. Hopefully this one takes or I am without cukes this
    year.

    Paul
    >




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    M. JL Esq. Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    Nancy Young wrote:
    > On 7/7/2011 7:24 PM, M. JL Esq. wrote:
    >
    >> Nancy Young wrote:
    >>
    >>> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >>> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>>
    >>> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >>> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.

    >
    >
    >> How do you feel about pickle making:

    >
    >
    > It's a good idea, though these would have to be cut up. I'm fond of
    > half sour type of pickles, but they don't keep long. I never did
    > take up canning, I should put up pickles.
    >
    > nancy
    >


    Reading some of the other responses (the greek salad suggestion) made
    me wonder if that cucumber sauce "Tzatziki" would freeze well if made in
    quantity?

    Great sauce and even if not made up in hugh quantities and frozen one
    could, with an excess of cucumbers, make up an extra large amount as a
    personal indulgence

    http://www.tzatzikisauce.net/
    --
    JL

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    Mike Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Nancy Young" <email@replyto> wrote in message
    > news:4e1636d8$0$29538$[email protected] .com...
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >>
    >> nancy

    >
    > That was the problem the year I grew the lemon cucumbers. That is after I
    > replaced the plants many, many times! Apparently the slugs really like
    > them. Everyone I know got a ton of those things. One can only eat so
    > many. I don't know if those work for pickles or not but we're not big
    > pickle eaters.

    Someone must have told you that ,they were good for you



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    Mike Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:iv5da0$92g$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Nancy Young" <email@replyto> wrote in message
    > news:4e1636d8$0$29538$[email protected] .com...
    >> But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    >> not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >>
    >> I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    >> long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.
    >>
    >> nancy

    >
    > That was the problem the year I grew the lemon cucumbers. That is after I
    > replaced the plants many, many times! Apparently the slugs really like
    > them. Everyone I know got a ton of those things. One can only eat so
    > many. I don't know if those work for pickles or not but we're not big
    > pickle eaters.

    Someone must have told you that ,they were good for you



  18. #18
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    In article <4e165653$0$29590$[email protected] >,
    Nancy Young <email@replyto> wrote:

    > It's a good idea, though these would have to be cut up. I'm fond of
    > half sour type of pickles, but they don't keep long. I never did
    > take up canning, I should put up pickles.


    I have a really good recipe for bread and butter type pickles. They
    aren't truly bread and butters, because they are a little less sweet and
    a little more hot, but they are a close cousin. If you are interested,
    I'll pass on the recipe.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Pico Rico Guest

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    "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <4e165653$0$29590$[email protected] >,
    > Nancy Young <email@replyto> wrote:
    >
    >> It's a good idea, though these would have to be cut up. I'm fond of
    >> half sour type of pickles, but they don't keep long. I never did
    >> take up canning, I should put up pickles.

    >
    > I have a really good recipe for bread and butter type pickles. They
    > aren't truly bread and butters, because they are a little less sweet and
    > a little more hot, but they are a close cousin. If you are interested,
    > I'll pass on the recipe.



    "if you are interested". On this group? Come on - give!



  20. #20
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: I like cucumbers, I really do

    Nancy wrote:

    > But not that much! I'm pulling in 8-10 of them a day, and I am
    > not looking very hard, I'm sure there are more under there. Yikes!
    >
    > I might have to foist them off on the soup kitchen. I wonder how
    > long before they start closing the gates when they see me coming.


    A couple summers ago I made some interesting salads using an equal volume of
    chopped cucumbers and chopped melon. Add some red onion, herbs (basil, mint,
    cilantro, whatever...), bell pepper if you want, and dress with rice vinegar
    and salt (add sugar if needed). I sometimes also added oil, but it depends
    on what the salad is accompanying.

    Another nice simple summertime cucumber-melon salad is this, which I
    invented last year: Watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, salt, and
    champagne vinegar. You might like to add feta cheese, but I didn't.

    Cucumber salads are a staple with Vietnamese or Thai food. Peel and slice
    the cucumbers and dress them with fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, Fresno
    chile rings, and scallion rings. You might need to add some water to temper
    the fish sauce.

    Another Southeast Asian salad I made contained cucumber, jícama, carrots,
    and spring onion all placed into a ziploc bag and marinated with white
    vinegar, sugar, salt, Maggi sauce, and sriracha.

    If you're having Mexican food, try this side salad: Cucumber, jícama, orange
    segments, and onion. Sprinkle with lime juice, salt, and powdered chile.

    Most people are familiar with the simple dish of cucumbers in vinegar and
    sugar. Bon Appétit printed a "Japanese cucumber salad" once in which you
    slice the cucumbers and then *massage* them in the sweetened vinegar. This
    gives them a different texture and allows them to absorb the flavorings more
    quickly.

    Here's a salad I came up with in 2009: "Thinly slice a couple fennel bulbs
    crosswise and soak in water with a bit of lime juice. Cut half a pineapple
    into thin chunks and put them into a salad bowl. Peel and seed a cucumber,
    then cut it into chunks about the same size as the pineapple chunks; add to
    the salad bowl. Finely mince a serrano chile and add it to the salad bowl.
    Shake the water out of the fennel shreds and add to the salad bowl. Sprinkle
    with salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Pour rice vinegar over the salad,
    toss well, and allow to sit, tossing occasionally, for at least half an hour
    (so that it becomes a bit pickled).

    Cucumbers are an important ingredient in many banh mi.

    Marcus Samuelsson's Cucumber-Melon Soup:
    Message-ID: <4c590bdc$0$28670$[email protected]>

    Iced Korean Cucumber Soup:
    Message-ID: <4c590eff$0$28704$[email protected]>

    Honeydew-Cucumber Salad with Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette
    Message-ID: <4c591c8e$0$28721$[email protected]>

    Rojak can be a great use for cucumbers, and koko posted a pretty good recipe
    for it on her blog. Just increase the proportion of cucumbers you use.
    http://www.kokoscornerblog.com/mycor...and-jicam.html

    The only time I saw a cooked cucumber dish was in a discussion about
    Hungarian cuisine. I don't have that recipe with me, but you can surely
    Google for it if that kind of thing interests you.

    Finally, a *great* use for cucumber is using them to infuse vodka. Iced tea
    with cucumber-flavored vodka is a wonderful summertime cooler.

    Bob



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