Cucumber Curls Garnishes - Step by Step Instructions

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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step by Step Instructions - Step 1

    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.

    You will 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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 2

    Cut cucumber for garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge

    • 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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 3

    Slicing cucumber for garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge

    • 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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 4

    Carve cucumber for garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge
    • 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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 5

    Cucumber curl garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge

    • 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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 6

    Cucumber curl garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge

    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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    Cucumber Curls Garnish Step 7

    Cucumber curl garnish

    Filling the centers of the cucumber curls gives, even more, interest. Colorful suggestions include cherry or grape tomatoes (whole or cut into rosettes), small radishes, carrots carved into cones, and watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, or papaya balls.