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Old 04-16-2006, 02:24 AM   #11
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We can get the small cucumbers year round here and they aren't waxed. I use them peeled and unpeeled. I like unpeeled in a cucumber sandwich, or a salad. I don't ever get the ones with large seeds. I see people buy those and wonder if they just don't know how much better the little ones are and you don't need to remove any seeds.
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Old 04-16-2006, 06:42 AM   #12
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So, the question is, how do you remove the wax from your veggies, such as cucumbers?

I realize most of the time we don't do the removal thing, but in case you wanted to preserve or pickle something, it would be required, right?
So how?
Dish Soap, Oxyclean, isopropol alcohol, methyl-ethyl ketone?
Go ORGANIC. That way you don't have to introduce new chemicals to remove the other chemicals.
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Old 04-16-2006, 07:36 AM   #13
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(am I the only one who peels my cukes?)
PS - chopped up and tossed with rice vinegar is my favorite.
Nope - I peel them too. Gets rid of the wax every time.

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Old 04-16-2006, 09:08 AM   #14
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How does peeling a cucumber effect the pickling process?
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Old 04-16-2006, 10:37 AM   #15
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:14 AM   #16
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Is that floor or furniture wax stripper, Caine? How hilarious!! That made me smile!
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:34 AM   #17
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Go ORGANIC. That way you don't have to introduce new chemicals to remove the other chemicals.
aaaaaaaa-men!!!! i've had an organic garden for about 10 years now (it was an "ortho" special before), and after the first few years of poor soil and bug infestations, it produces almost as much but far superior vegetables to my chemical ridden neighbors. i would submit that if they were organic as well, overall problems would be minimized for all of us. i have had a few years recently in particular that my neighbors' peppers were devastated by some kind of weevil, but mine were left alone, for the most part.

i'm a firm believer that once you begin to introduce chemicals to control certain aspects of production, you can upset the delicate balance of natural development. it may work in your favor for several years, but that is really only building up the price that will be paid back in some other way, some other year.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:45 AM   #18
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After a BFO...(Blinding Flash of the Obvious)... I googled the subject of waxing vegetables...

Manufacturers of this "natural" wax basically say you cannot effectively remove it... so there.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:49 AM   #19
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This would probaby be WAY more effort than it is worth, but what about gently scraping it off with a knife?
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