Zero Waste Week 2013 – day four; cucumber recipes

reduce food waste  with cucumber recipesWelcome to day four of zero waste week.

It’s not too late to sign up on our home page to receive daily emails for the rest of the week. All you’re getting here is a shortened version of the full monty.Cucumbers, eh?

How many of you get through half of a cucumber only to find the other half going soft and slimy?

If you want to buy half a cucumber, you nearly always need to buy it in crinkly cellophane.

If you want to do the decent thing and buy naked, you end up with a whole one that’s often too much to eat before it goes off.

I don’t know about you but I’ve found a cucumber stored in its plastic wrap soon goes slimy. A naked cucumber soon develops wrinkles and goes soft.

What is a zero hero to do?!

Recently I read about wrapping cucumbers in kitchen towel so it’s completely wrapped up, then putting the wrapped cucumber inside a plastic bag.

The other idea is to keep them away from the coldest part of the fridge as this can lead to deterioration.

Apparently these tips combined will give your cucumbers a longer life.

On the full length email today, we’ve shared some amazing cucumber recipes and it’s not all about salad…We’ve also shared some fab hints and tips for stopping food waste. Sign up now!

What about you – how do you store your cucumber?

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Rachelle Strauss

1 Comment

  1. Jacquelyn Ottman on September 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I recently bought three cucumbers here in NYC to make cold cucumber soup (Turned out great by the way), and noticed it was shrinkwrapped in plastic. I happen to have a book (likely written by packaging advocates) called How To ShrinkWrap a Cucumber. They argue that’s the best way to distribute and store cukes. So I would imagine wrapping your own in saran wrap might be best way to store fresh ones in the home.

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