How to Make Cucumber Curls Garnishes

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    How to Make Cucumber Curl Garnishes

    Cucumbers
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    English cucumbers, also called hothouse cucumbers, are best for this garnish. If you use standard cucumbers, look for a straight cucumber of a thin and uniform diameter. Wash and dry cucumber.

    Materials Need

    • English (hothouse) cucumbers
    • Sharp paring or boning knife
    • Optional fillings for the centers of the curls. Suggestions include cherry or grape tomatoes (whole or cut into rosettes), small radishes, carrots carved into cones, and watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, or papaya balls.
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    Cut Unpeeled Cucumbers

    Cut cucumber for garnish
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    • Cut unpeeled cucumbers into lengths about 5 inches long.
    • Carve one end to a 1-inch point so it looks like a stubby sharpened pencil.

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    Slice a Continuous Strip

    Slicing cucumber for garnish
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    • Angle knife to match the pointed end of the cucumber.
    • Slice a continuous strip about 1/4-inch thick following the angle of the point, just as you might pare an apple or orange in a single piece.
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    Stretch Out Cucumber

    Carve cucumber for garnish
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    Gently stretch out curled strip so you can grasp the ends. It is important that there is no twist in the center.

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    Curl Both Ends

    Cucumber curl garnish
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    • Grasp the ends with the skin side down and simultaneously curl both ends toward the center forming two connected cones.
    • If the strip is too long, simply trim down the ends.
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    Finished Curled Cucumber

    Cucumber curl garnish
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    The finished cucumber curl should look like this. You may use it as is alone or group several together in a circle for a flowery effect. Go on to the next step for ideas on further enhancing your cucumber curls.

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    Adding Centers

    Cucumber curl garnish
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    Filling the centers of the cucumber curls provides even more interest.