The Many Recipes Using Cucumber Oil

Cucumber essential oil is wonderful solution that eases the stiffness of various senses. The oil is really efficient at doing its task. Not only taht, it has long been used in various savoury recipes and well, though it does not add taste but it does add nutrition.

If you want a happy skin, then cucumber is the answer. As cucumber and the skin share the same level of hydrogen, it becomes easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas. It helps in soothing and softening your skin which can get you relaxed in no time.

With so many useful ingredients in cucumber it can help you in treating so many skin problems. It has become part of daily beauty product into -

  • Face packs
  • Facials
  • Juices

And just not these but also many other things which can affect your skin.

Due to its cooling effect it can be termed as a magic wand for all your skin problems. The cleaning and cleansing property helps your skin tremendously making it soft and supple.

The regular intake of cucumber juice is very useful both internally and externally.

You can make an excellent toner out of the juice of cucumber. You can either blend it with lemon juice, egg white, aloe vera, honey or tomato. Cucumber juice alone is a wonderful face toner. Just apply fresh cucumber juice on your face for ten minutes. Wash off to reveal a brighter and sparkling fresh complexion in jiffy.

Deseed the cucumber; blend it with 4-5 leaves of mint and egg white to make a purée .Apply on your face and wash off after 15 minutes. This face mask is a great aid in making your skin soft and glowing naturally.

Mix cucumber juice and lemon juice in equal amount; apply this mix on your acne and acne marks. This magical home remedy is very helpful in removing acne and its ugly scars.

Cucumber juice mixed with coconut water is a great skin whitening beauty treatment. This home remedy helps to fade all types of blemishes from the face too.

Mix cucumber juice with curd and apply this mix on your face for 5-10 minutes. This face toner is very effective for oily skin and helps to iron out all sorts of facial marks.

Go through our reference links now -

  1. Cucumber Oil by Oil
  2. Cucumber Oil Benefits by NSC
  3. Cucumber Oil by Herb

Top 5 Innovative Cucumber Recipes

Okay…In this article I’ll provide you with some novel recipes using cucumber or cucumber oil…Have a look…

1.Cucumber Lemonade

1 cucumber…peeled and chopped
1 lemon
5 cups water
Sugar to taste

Puree the cucumber and water in a blender…Strain…Add juice of lemon and sugar…Serve over ice…

2.Cucumber Salad Dressing

1 pint plain yogurt
1/2 small cucumber
(about 1/3 cup)
1 small onion
(about 4 tablespoons)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender…

3.Cucumber Dip

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cucumber (peeled & grated or minced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 teaspoon dried mint or dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together…Chill for at least 30 minutes…Amounts can be adjusted to individual tastes…Serve with chips..pita bread or crackers

4.Cucumber Sandwiches

1 oz. Low-fat cream cheese…softened
1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons. chopped chives
Salt and pepper to taste
4 slices mild wheat bread
1/2 large cucumber…peeled and sliced thin
Chive for garnish

Mix together first 4 ingredients and spread evenly over 2 slices of bread…saving about a teaspoon of the spread for garnish…Top with cucumbers…and remaining 2 slices of bread…Using a sharp knife…cut the crusts off the edges…Cut sandwiches into 2 triangles or rectangles…To garnish…place a dab of remaining spread on top of each triangle or rectangle and add a bit of chives…

5.Cucumber and Lemon Jam

3 lb. green cucumbers
3 fresh lemons
2 lb sugar
1 pint water

Wash cucumbers well. They may be peeled or not as desired…Slice cucumbers thinly…Sprinkle lightly with salt and allow to sit for about 3 or 4 hours…Drain the water which the salt has drawn…

Meanwhile…roughly cut the lemons and boil in a covered pan for 45 minutes…Strain the liquid into a preserving pan…add the cucumber (washed and drained) and cook for 15 minutes…Next add the sugar…and finish the cooking rapidly in an open pan…Usual time 15 to 20 minutes after adding the sugar…

Okay…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by BS
  2. Cucumber by DG
  3. Cucumber Oil by Skin Sheen

Cooking Cucumber

I am sure cucumber must be a usual sight at the salad corners of the parties…And even in beauty salons…But did you know that a cucumber is even cooked and consumed and in fact cucumber seed oil is even used in cooking?

Well…if you didn’t then surely you’ve hit the right link…

As a matter of fact…which is though rarely known…Cooked cucumber is really good…To prove this…heat some peanut oil in a skillet or wok…Seed and slice a cucumber (peeled..if it’s not the English variety) and add it to the pan…Cook until it begins to brown…about two minutes…stirring frequently…Add minced garlic and soy sauce…Turn out into a bowl and stir in sesame oil…The result has the slippery crispness of cellophane noodles rather than the all….out crunch of a raw cuke….And like any cooked vegetable…it has intensified flavor…something a cucumber needs…

All of you must have encountered cooked cucumber only in Asian food…But to tell you…There’s a Korean cooked cucumber salad…and shredded cucumber…briefly stir-fried…is often found in the noodle dish chap chae….Fuchsia Dunlop’s Sichuanese cookbook Land of Plenty offers Spicy Cucumber Salad…in which the cucumber is briefly stir-fried…then served at room temperature…So I think there’s a real opportunity here for a chef with an independent streak to make us reevaluate our cucurbitaceous prejudices…

Light…refreshing and mild in flavour…the understated cucumber has been a long-standing favourite in salads but cucumbers are surprisingly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways from soups to sautees…I’ll give you a handy recipe of a soup…

Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup

4 servings…about 1 cup each
Active Time- 35 minutes
Total Time- 35 minutes

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumbers…divided
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth…or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 avocado…diced
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion…diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley…plus more for garnish

All you are needed to do is…Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat…Add garlic and onion…stirring occasional…1 to 4 minutes or until tender…Add lemon juice and continue cooking for 1 minute…Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices…broth…pepper…salt and cayenne….Bring to a slow boil…then quickly reduce heat and simmer about 6 to 8 minutes until the cucumbers are tender…

Pour the hot soup into a blender…Add avocado and parsley and blend on low speed until smooth…(Be careful when pureeing hot liquids)…Pour mixture into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt…Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices…Soup can be served warm or refrigerated and served chilled…Garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley…just before serving…

Nice…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Sheen
  2. Cucumber Oil by BS
  3. Cucumber by DG

Best 5 Cucumber Salad Recipes

And this article…Simply take your pen and paper and jot down these (primitive I am)…Save this one (better!)… 

First

Cucumber medium cucumbers…thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion…sliced thin and separated into rings
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar…or more to taste (or diet sweetener)

The cucumbers may be scored or part of the skin can be peeled for better absorption of the juice

Layer cucumbers with the onion in a large bowl…In a separate bowl…mix remaining ingredients…stirring until sugar has dissolved…

Taste and adjust sugar for sweetness…adding more sugar…if needed…Pour over vegetables and toss lightly…

Cover and chill for 2-4 hours before serving…

Second

2 lg. Cucumbers…pared and sliced
1 med. Onion…sliced
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. salad oil
2 tbsp. brown sugar…firmly packed
1/2 tbsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tbsp. celery seed
1/8 tbsp. pepper

Combine cucumbers and onions in a bowl…Mix together vinegar…salad oil…brown sugar…seasoned salt…celery seed…and pepper…Pour over cucumber mixture…Chill several hours or overnight… 

Third

2 cucumbers
1/2 sweet onion
4 tbsp. salad oil
1 tsp. celery salt
Salt and pepper to taste

SALAD DRESSING:

1/2 c. vinegar (white)
1/2 c. water
2 tsp. sugar

Stir until sugar dissolves…

Peel cucumbers…scratch sides with a fork (scalloped edges) and slice very thin…Peel onion and slice thin rings…Add salad dressing and chill…

Fourth

4 med. cucumbers
1 1/2 c. dairy sour cream
1 sm. clove garlic…minced
2 tbsp. salad oil
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dill weed

Pare cucumbers and slice thinly into large bowl…Stir together remaining ingredients except dill weed…pour over cucumbers and toss lightly…Sprinkle with dill weed…Cover and chill…Just before serving…toss carefully…Sliced onions may be added…8 to 10 servings… 

Fifth

2 med. cucumbers (peeled…cut lengthwise…seeds scraped out and cut in
1/4 inch slices)
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. white vinegar or rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. Tabasco
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine cucumber with all other ingredients and chill… 

So…Now go through our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb
  2. Cucumber Oil by Oil
  3. Cucumber Benefits by NSC

Mouth-Watering Watery Fruit – Cucumber

Please say that you too are surprised to know that cucumber is a fruit! ‘Cause I don’t want to be the unaware soul! Yes I admit…slew of years from now…I had the impression that that cucumber is a vegetable…Reason…is obvious…I always had and saw cucumber used in garnishing meals and salads…and never FRUIT SALADS!

Hmm…Anyway…Now that you also know that cucumber is a fruit…Then have a deeper look at its inside…

Cucumis sativus…That is how cucumber is technically…formally known…is an annual cimber growing to 2 m (that is around 6ft 7in)

It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender…It is in flower from Jul to September…and the seeds ripen from Aug to October…The flowers are monoecious (Well…it simply means that individual flowers are either male or female…but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Insects…The plant is self-fertile…

The plant prefers –

  • light (sandy)
  • medium (loamy)
  • heavy (clay) soils

Also…It requires well-drained soil…The plant prefers acid…neutral and basic (alkaline) soils…It cannot grow in the shade…It requires moist soil…

This amazing fruit can be consumed raw or even cooked…The cucumber is a common ingredient of salads…being valued mainly for its crisp texture and juiciness…However…it is very watery…with little flavour and is not very nutritious…Many people find the fruit to be indigestible…this is due to the high cellulose content…The fruit varies widely in size between cultivars but can be up to 1 metre long…It can be available from midsummer until early autumn from outdoor grown plants….Rich in oil with a nutty flavour but very fiddly to use because the seed is small and covered with a fibrous coat…Young leaves and stems…cooked as a potherb…Oil from seed…Said to resemble olive oil…it is used in salad dressings and French cooking…The oil contains –

  • 22.3% linoleic acid
  • 58.5% oleic acid
  • 6.8% palmitic acid
  • 3.7% stearic acid

As far as nurturing of the plant is concerned….It requires a rich…well-drained moisture retentive soil and a warm very sunny position…A frost-tender plant…the cucumber is commonly cultivated for its edible fruit…there are many named varieties…Many of these varieties are only suitable for protected cropping in Britain though there are a number that have been specifically bred for cool temperate areas and these succeed outdoors in most summers…Many of the cultivars…especially the greenhouse forms…should have their male flowers removed in order to prevent fertilization…since the fertilized fruits have a bitter taste…A number of cultivars have been developed that only produce female flowers…Cucumbers make good companion plants for sweet corn…beans and sunflowers…but they dislike growing with potatoes and aromatic herbs…The roots of cucumber plants secrete a substance that inhibits the growth of most weeds…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Home Remedies by Natural Skin Care
  3. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy