How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Cucumbers, In Season in July
Crunchy, crisp, and impossibly cool—cucumbers just taste better in the summer. There are many different varieties, from the long and slender thin-skinned Hot House to the small and squat Kirby. Thicker-skinned varieties can taste bitter raw, and are better for pickling.
HOW TO BUY
Regardless of width and length, all cucumbers should be firm, without any squishiness or softness when squeezed. Avoid pock-marks, wrinkling, or spongy textures.
HOW TO STORE
Keep cucumbers refrigerated in the crisper drawer. Or, pickle and can them and keep them in a dry-goods pantry. Be sure to rinse them before use, especially if you…