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How to Make Cucumber Curl Garnishes
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 NeedContinue to 2 of 7 below.
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Cut Unpeeled Cucumbers
• 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.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Slice a Continuous Strip
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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
Gently stretch out curled strip so you can grasp the ends. It is important that there is no twist in the center.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Curl Both Ends
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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
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.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Filling the centers of the cucumber curls provides even more interest.