Cucumber Spiral Garnishes - Step by Step Instructions

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    Cucumber Spiral Garnish Step by Step Instructions - Step 1

    English hothouse cucumber
    English (hothouse) cucumber. Peggy Trowbridge

    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.
    • Wooden skewer.

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    Cucumber Spiral Garnish Step 2

    Cucumber spiral garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge
    • Cut a length of whole, unpeeled cucumber about 5 inches in length.
    • Insert wooden skewer through the center of the cucumber.
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    Cucumber Spiral Garnish Step 3

    Slicing cucumber for garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge
    • Beginning at one end of the skewered cucumber, place your knife at a slight angle about 1/4-inch from the cut end.
    • Cut down to the skewer.
    • Continue cutting with the blade resting against the skewer while turning cucumber.
    • Follow the original cut, taking care to keep the slice 1/4-inch in diameter until you reach the end.
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    Cucumber Spiral Garnish Step 4

    Slicing cucumber for garnish
    Peggy Trowbridge
    • You can make these as long or short as you want, although you'll want at least three turns around the skewer to get the spiral effect.
    • If you have a steady hand, you can make the thickness less than 1/4-inch for a more delicate spiral, but they won't stand erect.
    • Leave the spirals standing erect or flatten them. Curl them by putting the ends together or leave them straight. Your choice.
    • You can use other vegetables in place of cucumbers such as zucchini, parboiled al dente carrots,...MORE radishes, beets, and others with a firm core.