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Home Cooking

Why did this happen to my hand? Slicing cucumbers

dberg1313 | Aug 19, 201112:46 PM     3

I used a mandoline to slice the cucumbers for pickles, probably nearly an entire 1/2 bushel, and noticed something I never noticed before. A short time later, my skin had a sort of bizarre reaction I can only describe as similar to spreading Elmer's glue on your hand (like when you were a kid!) and allowing the glue to dry, then peeling it off. Only this wasn't glue--it seemed to be from the cucumbers! Where my skin was in the most contact with the cucumbers it sort of exfoliated! I did wash them well before, during and after the slicing, and I almost had to scrub violently to get the "skin" off afterwards. Anybody else ever have this experience? I have been making pickles for years and never noticed this! They were home grown Kirby cucumbers, I grew them myself, and I know they had no pesticides.

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