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Old 21 June 2013, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Gayle View Post
Kind of reminds me of how one of my coworkers nearly stabs herself when she makes salad because her mother taught her that if you peel a cucumber away from you, it will be bitter. So she peels cucumbers with a knife by bringing it towards her. No amount of reasoning will change her mind.
No no no no no.

It's if you cut off the ends before you peel the cucumber that it will be bitter. Or after. I can't remember. It was definitely about the cutting off of the ends that affected the bitterness, not the direction of the paring stroke.

ETA: I usually peel toward myself with a paring knife, but away from myself with a vegetable peeler. I don't know how you can "almost stab yourself" if you are doing it properly.
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