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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cucumber Pulp: Tzatziki and Other Edible (Or Not) Ideas!

You're looking at the foundational ingredients for Tzatziki (pronounced "zat - ZEE - key," silent T), a traditional, nourishing and intensely flavorful Greek-inspired dip or sauce. Its uses are only limited by your imagination. Please revisit the post on Whey (June 29, 2010) for instructions on making Greek-style yogurt - easier than rocket science, I promise.

Ingredients for Tzatziki (I rarely measure, and you don't have to, either, unless you're baking):
  • The curds from one quart of plain, whole milk yogurt
  • The pulp from 4 large cukes (seeds included, unless they offend you; if you didn't remove them before pureeing your cukes, it's no big deal; I use the seeds - lots of nutrients in seeds!)
  • 2 or more cloves garlic, finely minced
  • A generous squeeze of lemon juice
  • A couple of tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • A generous tablespoon of fresh or dried dill
  • 4 or more fresh mint leaves, finely minced (optional, but soooo good)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a bowl, and smash with a large fork. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to blend flavors.

How to Use Tzatziki 
  • Spread on tomato or turkey sandwiches instead of mayonnaise...you may never look back
  • Dip fresh garden veggies in it
  • Dress grilled lamb or other meat of your choice
  • Top a baked potato with it
  • Experiment and share your results with us!
     More Uses for Cucumber Pulp
    • Natural Make-up Remover and Skin Soother (sunburn remedy): slowly simmer the pulp with a cup of milk; strain and store the liquid in a jar; refrigerate; clean your face before bedtime, or gently rub on skin irritations. Thank the well-used pulp, then toss it in the compost bin.
    • 1/2 cup pulp replaces 1/2 cup of oil in homemade bread, cake, or biscuits
    • Turn a cool bath into a spa treatment
    • Make a batch of chilled summer soup...hmmm...gazpacho... 
    • Add to your garden compost, if you're out of energy; but first, see if your dog or cat will eat it


    1. Had my favorite summer sandwich yesterday after a long, awesome timed trail ride at Hunter's Grove up in Boonville.

      Pita bread, mayo, but better with tzatsziki which I will try today, cucs sliced longways w/wo seeds, salted peanuts, sprouts or young lettuces. Stuff the pitas (I use the little ones) as full as you care to...enjoy the refreshing, different crunches.

    2. Anon, I'm putting this sandwich on my dance card; thank you! LB

    3. I hope to see all the info contained in your blog in a book very soon!

    4. Manifest...please, manifest!

    5. Help! I made more than we can eat before we go out of town. Can I freeze this and not kill it?

    6. There's only one way to find out...freeze it, and let us know the outcome!

    7. AWESOME. I really wish I'd planted cukes this year. But, in any case, will still make this. Thanks!