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Spines on Cucumbers

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I was complaining to myself about moving my fat belly around the garden to pick off all the male flowers when I checked on the cucumber that I SWEAR was 3" YESTERDAY and is now well over 6" and so I have my first cuke of the year!! (I'm SO excited to eat it :D).

What is the best way to deal with the spines on cucumbers?

I'm not sure what variety my cucumbers are but there is a possibility they are long english.

Just to peal the whole thing? Or can you remove just the spines somehow? (I actually quite like cucumber rind even when it's tough).
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Congrats. It looks like a straight eight to me. When you wash it you can lightly scrub it and then eat away! :D I was amazed how crisp and fresh my first cucumber of the season was. Enjoy!
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It does look like a straight eight. I always rub the spines off with my hands as I am picking them. I also kinda like cucumber with the skin on, but most people don't, so I usually peel them. In certain parts of the season, the cukes can be stressed from to much or to little water. They develop a bitter taste when stressed. Some people say most of the bitterness is either in or just below the skin. Supposedly you remove some potential bitterness by skining them.

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I scrub them off by wetting the cuke then rubbing with 1 tsp~1Tbs coarse Kosher salt. The salt helps to kill/manage germs, scrub off the spines, and is also supposed to remove/reduce bitterness. Rinse and prepare as desired.

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can't remember who but someone here was saying the spines go away when they are ripe.

I just normally scrub them off with my hand when picking, it's kinda cool, yeah I'm weird. :P

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I use the scotch brite pad we have by our sink to clean off those spines. Cleans them off nicely. I also scrub off the blossom end clean.

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I can't believe how easily the spines came off! I was a little disappointed in the fruit, just a little bland. I'm going to try picking another one a little smaller and see if it's better (this one REALLY snuck right up on me!). The end was a tad bitter, but after 1/4" it was fine, the skin was actually not as thick as I thought.

DS fed his too the dog though :D He's not as big a fan of cukes as his mommy.
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Just rub them on your blue jeans! :wink:

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