An A to Z guide to choosing, storing, preparing, and cooking fresh produce and recipe ingredients.

  • How to Choose Cucumbers
    For both regular cucumbers and smaller, bumpier Kirbys (often used for pickles), select firm, dark green vegetables with no wrinkles or spongy spots. Whatever the variety, smaller cucumbers contain fewer seeds. The skins contain vitamin A, so try to buy unwaxed cucumbers, whose skins you can eat.

  • How to Store Cucumbers
    Keep cucumbers tightly wrapped in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    How to Prepare Cucumbers
    Peel waxed cucumbers; unwaxed ones need only a light scrubbing.

  • How to Use Cucumbers
    Cucumbers are tastiest raw—alone or in salads.

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  • How To: Seed Cucumbers

    If your recipe calls for the cucumbers to be seeded, here's the easiest way to do it.


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