Cucumber and avacado

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Cucumber and avacado

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:41 pm

Alright, there are probably 47 threads that have already discussed this topic, but you know what, I couldn't find them, so suck it and get ready for #48. :mrgreen:

Cucumbers and avocados. Looking for personal experiences in terms of storage and longevity of these two items on the playa.

Avocados seem like they would hold up fairly well until they are peeled. Cucumbers seem like they would simply go to mush fairly quick like.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby lemur » Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:59 pm

DONT BRING CUCUMBERS, OR VASTLY LESSEN THE AMOUNT YOU DECIDE TO BRING.

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i run a big kitchen on the playa.. and somehow we've always ended up with TONS more cucumbers than were actually used, who knows why.. maybe they dont taste so good on the playa.


in 2011 after the burn, where again, i tossed out tons of cucumbers (three years in a row despite using many) i added to my "PERSONAL FEEDBACK FOR MYSELF" list:

"we throw away lots of cucumbers: dont use them anymore"

so uhh, maybe someone in yer camp loves them.... people in my camp seemed to cuz they ended up on our meals often (when we had campers deciding recipes) but really, i wouldnt bring them anymore.

nope. at least if i were to bring them, id bring 1/3 or less of what i expected to use.

DIE CUCUMBERS!! DIE!!!


edit: oh, and we refridgerate ours in a normal fridge and they last all week no problem, i think maybe 2 or 3 rotted ones in many years.. and TENS and TENS of them lasting until sunday when we ....toss them out cuz nobody ended up using them all.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:07 pm

1. Find Lemur's camp.
2. Acquire cucumbers because he will not remember to not bring a shitload of cucumbers.
3. Yay for me.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby lemur » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:11 pm

i wonder if the opposite happened..

CapSmashy wrote:1. Find Lemur's camp.
2. Acquire ditch extra cucumbers because he will not remember to not bring a have the space to store shitload of cucumbers.
3. Yay for me.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby AntiM » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:15 pm

Aren't pickles cucumbers?
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:23 pm

So you need cucumbers this year? I can pick up extras if I can borrow some fridge space for mine.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby CapSmashy » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:24 pm

AntiM wrote:Aren't pickles cucumbers?


Pickles would clash with the other ingredients in the spring rolls...
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby ygmir » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:26 pm

CapSmashy wrote:
AntiM wrote:Aren't pickles cucumbers?


Pickles would clash with the other ingredients in the spring rolls...


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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:37 pm

During summer festivals in Japan, street vendors will keep cucumbers in tubs of ice water. When you buy one ($2 a piece), the vendor skewers the cucumber on a stick and then slathers it in miso paste (fermented soy beans + salt, like what miso soup is made from). The combination of cool moisture and salty goodness is very refreshing on a hot day. Great, tasty replenishing of electrolytes.

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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby stinkyfoot » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:42 pm

Cucumbers seem to work great in to form of quick pickles. I made a bunch of little jars last year which we kept in the cooler and ate like salad. They are super mild and delicious. I want to try bringing more Japanese and pan-asian stuff next year. Japanese food cos. are like masters of pre-packaged foods too.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:44 pm

You forgot salty.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby Bob » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:36 pm

Might help to buy the avocados by the crate so they still have their cushiony packaging. Shrink-wrapped English cucumbers might be best, and a little goes a long way. Might use a mandolin to slice them extra-thin.

I'm reminded of 1999, when I got stopped awhile behind a number of vehicles at the railroad crossing just before you get to Gerlach. The drivers of a rental box truck ahead of me were inspecting a leak of foamy liquid out the back end. After they opened the roll-up door, I noticed most of the cargo space was taken up by large plastic forms that resemble freeway K-rails. Sure enough, the boys were Canadian, and the bulky cargo was an entire portable street-hockey rink, which had apparently shifted in transit and crushed half their stock of bottled Molson beer. Much sadness.

Point being, pack carefully, and bring your beer in cans.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby zerzura » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:40 pm

Bob wrote:I'm reminded of 1999, when I got stopped awhile behind a number of vehicles at the railroad crossing just before you get to Gerlach. The drivers of a rental box truck ahead of me were inspecting a leak of foamy liquid out the back end. After they opened the roll-up door, I noticed most of the cargo space was taken up by large plastic forms that resemble freeway K-rails. Sure enough, the boys were Canadian, and the bulky cargo was an entire portable street-hockey rink, which had apparently shifted in transit and crushed half their stock of bottled Molson beer. Much sadness.


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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:44 pm

Sliced onion and cucumber in white vinager for 30mins., chilled, is a very tasty treat. 8)
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby junglesmacks » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:00 pm

Jesus fucking christ. Of all the turns this thread could have taken. I'm disappointed. Bad corners for you ALL.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby ygmir » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:09 pm

junglesmacks wrote:Jesus fucking christ. Of all the turns this thread could have taken. I'm disappointed. Bad corners for you ALL.



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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby gaminwench » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:20 pm

now, now... you know that hovering is a big no-no...
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby BBadger » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:48 pm

We wrapped them in air-tight bags and kept them under ice until Thursday. Worked fine.

Yes, bring far less cucumbers than you think you'd want.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby International Incident » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:28 am

Can you bring some to the M&G
I would love some cucumber - chilled down and salted up.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby jkisha » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:27 am

Cucumbers make a good substitute for lettuce on sandwiches. They hold up better than lettuce. Last year I made a cucumber, tomato and onion salad that was a refreshing treat during the heat of the day.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby AntiM » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:37 am

ensimismada wrote:During summer festivals in Japan, street vendors will keep cucumbers in tubs of ice water. When you buy one ($2 a piece), the vendor skewers the cucumber on a stick and then slathers it in miso paste (fermented soy beans + salt, like what miso soup is made from). The combination of cool moisture and salty goodness is very refreshing on a hot day. Great, tasty replenishing of electrolytes.

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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby BBadger » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:14 am

jkisha wrote:Cucumbers make a good substitute for lettuce on sandwiches. They hold up better than lettuce. Last year I made a cucumber, tomato and onion salad that was a refreshing treat during the heat of the day.


Yeah, I definitely prefer cucumbers over lettuce in most sandwiches, even in "BLT"s. Nice crunch, a more distinct flavor, and doesn't seem to sog up as much for me.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:58 am

AntiM wrote:
ensimismada wrote:During summer festivals in Japan, street vendors will keep cucumbers in tubs of ice water. When you buy one ($2 a piece), the vendor skewers the cucumber on a stick and then slathers it in miso paste (fermented soy beans + salt, like what miso soup is made from). The combination of cool moisture and salty goodness is very refreshing on a hot day. Great, tasty replenishing of electrolytes.

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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby Risky » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:10 am

I eat a lot of salad on the playa.
I had cucumbers and avocados after two weeks out there.
They often don't last that long in the real world.

Avos need to be packed carefully, of course. I'd hang the bag from a hook in the ceiling of your bus.

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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby haolegolucky » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:34 am

Spicy Korean cucumber salad is amazing out there...

*nom nom nom*

Hell, its amazing anytime, anywhere.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby pizzamancer » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:42 pm

Never seen a cucumber vendor in 25 years of living in Japan.

As for cucumbers on the playa, find someone from Pink Heart Camp. They make cucumber water every year, and it is awesome.
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Re: Cucumber and avacado

Postby Mojojita » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:51 am

Cucumber in Bloody Mary's is really, really good. I slice it into spears as garnish and also serve a dish of pureed cukes as flavoring on the Bloody Mary bar. There is even a cucumber flavored vodka.

Cucumber water is amazing, I first saw it in the lobby of a hotel on Catalina - just slice some cukes and add to ice water much like is done with sliced lemons - incredibly refreshing.
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