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Removing Moisture from Cucumbers: Did You Know?

7 Jul

Have you ever made a dish with cucumbers and noticed that your dish turned out watery?

This is likely due to the high water content in cucumbers. According to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, a cucumber that weighs 52 grams is approximately 96% water (source). No wonder!

Sliced Cucumber

Salted cucumber slices

Luckily there is an easy way to prevent cucumber dishes from becoming watery.

Simply slice, chop, dice (whatever the recipe calls for) your cucumber and place it in a small strainer over a bowl. Sprinkle each layer with kosher salt (I used ¼ teaspoon), cover, and refrigerate overnight. Other options are to place the cut cucumber on a paper towel or cloth, or even soak in a bowl of salt water.

Cucumber Liquid

Resulting liquid after 30 minutes

The longer you allow the salted cucumber to sit, the more water will be drawn out. You can then prepare your recipe as usual, just use a little less salt than the recipe calls for.

Removing Garlic and Onion Odor: Did You Know?

13 May

Onion and Garlic

Did you know that you can easily remove the lingering odor of garlic and onions from your hands?

After cutting garlic or onion our hands can smell of them for hours. This is a problem that can be easily fixed by rubbing your hands on a stainless steel surface such as silverware or your kitchen sink. After 5-10 seconds of rubbing, rinse your hands and you’ll find that the smell has been significantly reduced.

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