Another Way to Get Kids To Eat

I’m hungry. The kids just ate but I neglected to make something for myself. As usual.

I look in the fridge and grab a cucumber. Sliced cucumber with vinegar and salt. Yum. This has always been one of my favorite summer snacks.

As I’m cutting the cucumber the kids come over and ask what I’m making:


Actually, only Crappy Boy asks what I’m making. Crappy Baby reaches up and tries to get his fingers cut off with the knife. 

I tell them what I’m making:

cucumber2They immediately start complaining.

I start to walk away but the complaining follows me.

cucumbe 3

They don’t want it! They don’t like it!

I have a smug look on my face because I don’t care. 

It don’t care because:


You see what I did there? I pulled the rug out from under their complaints.

Their whining has no meaning!


Score one for the mama!

Hold on…


Make that score two for the mama! 


In case you aren’t using the same scoring system, I scored two because I got them to stop whining (1 point) and also because they ate a green food (1 point). 

And for those of you who knew me when I was pregnant and remember that all I ever craved was cucumbers with salt and vinegar on them… No, I’m not. I’ve eaten cucumbers with vinegar and salt my whole life. I used to eat them for hangovers in college. I used to eat them when I (briefly) had purple hair in high school. I used to eat them while I watched Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood when I was five. My mom pureed them and put them in my bottle when I was two days old. I’ve been eating cucumbers with vinegar and salt forevah! This is the snack of champions! So it doesn’t mean anything that I’m eating them now.* 

*Actually, that isn’t true. It does mean something. It means I like eating cucumbers with salt and vinegar. 

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170 Responses to Another Way to Get Kids To Eat

  1. Echo says:

    So… pickles then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I like them with tomatoes and Italian dressing. Similar.

    • amber says:

      Pickles take too darn long! These are pickles minus time.

    • neal says:

      I think Amber’s way sounds good – there’s a crisp “refreshing” quality to fresh cucumbers that vinegar won’t take away in the short term, while I’d never personally call actual pickles “refreshing,” although I still love them.

      • anne says:

        My kid loves this so much that the dentist have forbidden him to eat it more than once a week – he has apparently got acid damages on his teeth! (and not because he drinks soft drinks because they are a nogo in my house). It is so annoying that you cant give him “greens” anymore this way….

  2. Stacy says:

    I LOVE cucumbers with vinegar, salt, and pepper. My kids.. don’t. ๐Ÿ™

  3. Elisabeth says:

    Are you sure you’re not from the South? Cucumbers and onions floating in a dish of vinegar are found on every good southern mama’s table in the summertime!

    • amber says:

      Nope, my grandma always has fridge pickles all summer. Although she does like to pretend she is from the south…

    • Stephen says:

      Why is it that southerners claim all foods are from the south. All food does not originate in the south.

      • Susan says:

        No, Stephen, not all food originates in the south. All GOOD food originates in the South! ๐Ÿ˜‰
        LOVE me some cukes and vinegar! And tomatoes! And the best – pimiento cheese! Or, as we say, “Minner cheese on white!”

        • Sarah says:

          Oh yeah, ’cause chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, baked beans and ice cream aren’t good food.

          Take that South!
          <3 New England

          Also – I love fridge pickles. When I was little, I totally thought I invented them. lol. No one else in my house ever did it. Do you drink the juice after too, Amber?

        • Minxy says:

          fluffernutters are a pennsy dutch food – peanut butter and marshmallow fluff on toast…comfort food at its best

          • Melissa says:

            Haha I was talking about fluffernutters one day and my husband and father in law looked at me like I was talking about something dirty until I explained what it was. Go figure.

      • Pattie says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good food does.

      • Elisabeth says:

        Now, now…be nice…I never claimed that *all* foods are from the South. But our cookin’ is delicious! Stand still long enough, and we’ll dip you in batter and deep-fry you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. christine says:

    crap. now I want cucumbers with salt and vinegar.

  5. Heather says:

    This is my life as well. My son could have just eaten a five-course meal and must eat at least half of whatever I try to save for myself.

    Also, Salt and vinegar cucumbers=Yum! Have you ever tried adding a little sugar to them also. It’s amazing.

    • amber says:

      I do add sugar if I’m doing a batch that will sit in the fridge for a long time. Usually I just eat them right away.

    • Monica says:

      Ha so true! I relate to this post so much, all I ever do is make something for the kids and try to save a few little pieces for myself. Then when I finally make something, there’s my oldest son asking what it is and if he can have some. So hungry…

  6. Jo says:

    Damn, I wish I had some nice vinegar. Mouth is watering!

  7. Tina says:

    I love cucumbers with lime and salt and cayenne! In fact, me and my pregnant self will go eat some now!

  8. Erinne says:

    isn’t the word for cucumber with salt and vinegar just pickle? ๐Ÿ™‚
    green is good, though!

  9. Kristie says:

    I thought only my kids did this to me! WOW! its awesome to know that they will happily whine and cry and say they dont want something I had no intention of giving them was a normal thing. And am I weird that i’ve never heard of cucumbers with vinegar and salt?

    • Beverley M says:

      My mom used to make this.. I’d forgotten about it.

      But a way we tend to GET my older daughter to eat something is to tell her she can’t have it. (She’s 4.) She knows it’s a game (it’s called the Sneaking Game) — “This is MY broccoli. Don’t you eat it. I’m just going to look away for a moment.” (She eats it, we look back) “Hey!!! You ate my broccoli!!!! Okay, well, don’t eat my carrots now!”

      • groovyfirechick says:

        We used to play that game with my niece when she was little. I got her to try many veggies that way and now at 15 she will pretty much try anything! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Amy says:

    Ooooh, that sounds yummy! How in all my years of loving both vinegar/salt combo & cucumbers have I never put these together?! So, how do you do it? Like a previous comment, just float them in a bowl?

    • amber says:

      Yeah, my lazy method is cut up cucumbers, put in bowl, pour vinegar over the top but not so they are drowning and then put salt on. Lots of salt. My mouth is watering.

  11. Coral says:

    Also one of my favorite snacks. And I totally followed the scoring system.

  12. Anne says:

    I just had some cucumbers…home grown ones at that (!) with some tomatoes, feta, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Yum!

  13. Pamela says:

    I love cukes and salt.
    I love vinegar.
    How have I never thought of this before???
    (clearly from the North, obvs.)

    • Jennifer J says:

      My granny always made this in the summer – except she added onions. She lived her entire life in Michigan.

  14. Mel MOSS says:

    I don’t know how you make your boys so adorable in their crappy pictures. I have an urge to cuddle stick figures when I read your blog is that weird?

  15. I use German vinegar (more intense and concentrated taste) with sugar on mine. It is a wonderful dessert. Cool and sweet and crunchy.

  16. I canot wait till my little guy is more fluent in human speech to try this! He is interested in anything I drink esp beer and coffee…grr. and I love cucumbers but have never had them this way, I am intrigued and think they will be nice in this lovely Cali summer heat.

  17. Heather S. says:

    My husband loves cucumbers w/ salt and pepper in vinegar. And he’s given this love to our 3 year old son. And then they like to gang up on me with vinegar breath kisses.

  18. Lea says:

    Thank you for giving me a new pregnancy craving… LOL. Question tho, is it white vinegar or red wine or some other kind? either way I think I need to get some cucumbers now… ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the kids… this is sooooo true. Anytime I feed them first and then get something else for me, they eat half of what I made for myself!

    • amber says:

      I use apple cider but as others have commented, I think anything will be tasty.

      • Kylie says:

        Its usually white balsamic for me, my 3yr olds favourite though is dark balsamic reduction, which she calls vinegar sauce, she loves it & cucumbers, which in our place are known as coocoobumbers…I’m hungry now & its bedtime…

        • Rachel says:

          I do it with seasoned rice vinegar – so good with cucs, tomatoes and onion or just the cucs as my 6-year-old son likes it!

  19. Jodi says:

    Cucumbers with salt and vinegar are yummy. Oh and as a side note I have an 8 almost 9 year old who has been the pickiest eater since the age of 2. A couple weeks ago (since we his father and I have to give him nutritional supplement) I made a deal with him that he would start eating a new vegetable every month. I pick the color and then he gets to choose from a list of veggies of that color. This month was green so from the list he chose romaine lettuce. My son is eating salads!! Granted they are smothered with Ranch dressing but HE EATS SALADS!! Just a tip for anyone with picky eaters.

    • Nikki says:

      We tell our 5 yr old to “make a party in his mouth”. That’s how we got him to eat salads… I don’t usually use salad dressing because I don’t like the store Ranch dressing… but my husband uses Italian dressing (and my son likes that too)… so we make salads with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese, sometimes a little onion (he used to like that but has kind of moved on…), and of course “crunchies” (the croutons)… then we tell him to make a party in his mouth and he stabs a little of everything and then gets all excited about the party! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s funny how you can word things and get kids all excited… kind of like telling them no – you can’t have it and of course they want it. All kids like to party, right?! LOL Good luck with the food variety!

  20. Katie B says:

    I literally just made a batch of refrigerator pickles. My mother in law’s recipe! Vinegar, sugar, cukes, onions, and celery seed. They are so good, it’s hard not to just sit down and eat the entire jar.

    • Beverley M says:

      Never heard of refrigerator pickles before. Must now google this ๐Ÿ™‚ (Or you could email me your specific recipe?? ali_webitems at hotmail dot com)

  21. Nicole says:

    Okay, I’m not crazy! My husband has always thought I was nutso because, to me, cucumbers with salt and vinegar is a perfectly delicious and normal snack. He had never heard of it before and, therefore, it must just be his crazy wife’s “thing” –

    I can now show him this post and say with gusto, “HAHAHAWWW” – Oh, Snap!

  22. During my last pregnancy and this one I craved all sorts of things with vinegar! I’ll eat an entire jar of marinated artichokes in one sitting. And I’ve made plenty of pickles over the last two summers…thank goodness.

  23. We’ve discovered that one sure way to get Baguette to eat is for Mr. Sandwich to fix himself something. If it’s Daddy’s food, it must be good.

  24. Mishka B says:

    Toddlers are so fickle. The very same pancakes that my toddlers told me yesterday were (and I quote) the “best breakfast EVERRRR,” were this morning so repulsive that the mere sight thereof induced weeping and gnashing of teeth. I will never understand their little brain.

    • Tarina says:

      OMG mine do this too!! With everything! The big one is hotdogs. Today all of my kids had 2 hot dogs each for lunch (no buns.. I try, they hate them). Yesterday those same hotdogs caused 3 children to sit in time out because that is just NOT how we behave at the table! LOL.

  25. Pamela says:

    Yes this is so a southern dish – I live in Texas and have eaten cucumbers this way my whole life! Sometimes I get fancy and add ‘maters and fresh mozzarella too.

  26. Amanda Reed says:

    I have never eaten them like this…. curious…

  27. Jane H. says:

    Koreans make a yummy cucumber snack with mini cucumbers, vinegar, salt, sugar, sesame seed oil, sesame seeds, and red hot pepper flakes! I don’t normally really like cucumbers but I love these! Here is a link to one recipe (haven’t tried-usually just eyeball it or eat my mom’s!)

    • Ceri says:

      I. will. need. to. try. this. now. I LOVE me some Asian dressing with sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. drooling now.

  28. Kim D. says:

    What is it with cucumbers and pregnancy? I always crave cucumber and tomato salad, which is basically what you’re eating, plus some thick sliced tomatoes and a pinch of sugar. You’re supposed to let it set overnight before you eat it, but I always ate half the (huge) bowl same day. Then the rest the next day. This time around I’d throw in some mozzarella cheese for protein. Or one time I had feta and almost died of culinary bliss. XD

    • Sarah says:

      Maybe somehow our bodies intuitively know that cucumbers are excellent at balancing blood pressure, even through all the volume expansion, etc….? Just a guess…..I’m sure craving them, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Ariana says:

    Hmm that sounds tasty. What vinegar are we talking? Red, white, balsamic? I loooove balsamic vinegar

    • Ceri says:

      I have found a store in my home town of portland oregon that only sells balsamic vinegar and olive oils. it. is. awesome!

      • Jennifer J says:

        I want to know where it is. I’m in Portland, too!

        • Ceri says:

          907 SW 9th Ave (503)206-5317 and
          1428 NE Broadway (503)-281-6389

          They have samples… soooo much goodness. I have the basil olive oil, Blackberry Ginger, and Raspberry Pear Balsamic Vinegars so far. So so yummy. I have only been to the Broadway store. Its in the Lloyd District Area… I used to work in that area until my office moved. A coworker of mine told me they had a Google groupon type deal. I am almost out and wish I had bought more than one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy. And for those of you not in Portland, there is a website.

  30. Sara E. says:

    I eat tomatoes with salt & vinegar, never tried it with cucumbers, but now I must…or maybe cucumbers AND tomatoes with salt & vinegar!

    Oh, and my 3 year old just saw your crappy pictures and asked if it was us! Probably because I too have 2 boys and the little one is usually in just underwear (as he is now)!

  31. Brooke says:

    Thanks for sending my morning sickness into overdrive. During my last pregnancy, the slightest smell of pickle juice triggered the worst nausea ever. Now it appear that the mention of pickles or any related ingredients is also a trigger with pregnancy number 2.

  32. My favorite is fresh garden cucumbers and tomatoes (!) with chopped basil and a little bit of zesty italian dressing. TO DIE FOR!! Also, I intend to make this with mozzarella balls at some point. I’m anticipating deliciousness. We’ll have to see if my kids want any since they don’t normally like any of those things. ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally a post I can relate to!

    • Lacey S says:

      *drool* yes, this is one my favs too ๐Ÿ™‚ I can see I’m going to stop by the store tonight (oh no! ๐Ÿ˜› )

  33. Kaydee says:

    I kid you not, I had just picked my 2nd grader up from school and made him and little brother a snack. Went back to the kitchen to cut myself a cucumber with vinaigrette dressing and salt/pepper when I sat down to read this! How strange…

  34. Joanna says:

    Yum! I often cut up cucumbers and tomates, mix with salt, and then eat. Sometimes I add some plain greek yogurt – super yummy (I learned this from my Indian friends). But now I will try the vinegar method! I will add some sugar in too, and maybe use rice wine vinegar, because then it might taste like a sunomo salad? One can hope.

    Oh, and the best way for me to get my daughter to eat is for me to pretend I am going to eat all her food. I say “oh, you don’t want this? good, because I am hungry!” Then I make yummy noises as her food disappears down my hatch. She comes running over to take her food back LOL. But, she is only 21 months – I am sure she will catch on to me sooner or later.

  35. cathy says:

    Stolen-food always tastes best. I can always get my youngest to eat an apple by taking a small bite of one, then handing it to her to “hold my apple for a second, please. Don’t eat it, it’s mine.” … she’ll devour it in minutes and she’ll be belly-laughing at her sneakiness.

    • Lacey S says:

      I am in awe of your trickiness… mine is just getting to the fun-naughty stage, so maybe I’ll give this a try….

  36. Rachel says:

    I busted out in laughter with this one. Not just my usual chuckle. Especially at the part where the kids just look at each other like “WTF just happened?”

  37. Candice H says:

    Finally! My husband thinks I am nuts when I eat cucumbers in vinegar and salt. I grew up eating this in the summer. We also would eat radishes and green onions in vinegar and salt.

  38. Alex says:

    My husband should be posting here but I’m the one who’s home reading the blog. He usually makes fancy eggs for breakfast. If he makes enough to share the kids don’t want any. If he makes just enough for himself, they will suddenly be ravenously hungry for eggs and eat almost the whole thing. *sigh* So the way we do the points at our house would be +1 for taking out the need to whine and then +1 and -1 simultaneously for the actual egg consumption: they ate eggs but now there aren’t enough left for dad OR they refused the eggs which means there were enough for us but then we had to choke them down ’cause there were too many. Either way, we still score the initial 1 point.

  39. Marisa says:

    I do the same thing but add mayo!
    So yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tomatoes made the same way are equally as awesome.
    I thought it was a Polish thing !

  40. Moragan K. says:

    Mmmmm – yum!

    We do Murakan Seasoned Gourmet Rice Vinegar (found in the Asian Foods section) and cucumbers – delish!!!! I’ve tried with other vinegar’s and it just does NOT compare ๐Ÿ˜‰ I could drink that stuff straight from the bottle!

    Now I must go get some cucumbers…

  41. DefOAWife says:

    I find it funny that so many people are claiming this is a southern dish, Canadians love them too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. M. Kelly says:

    I LOVE them that way!! Soooo not the same as pickles.

  43. Shan says:

    Well it can’t be just a southern thing, because I’m Canadian and have eating these my whole life too! LOL! I mix up the vinegars. One day I’ll use malt vinegar, the next time I’ll use apple cider…It’s also good with a sprinkling of dill! Greeks do this too (my husband is Greek) so it’s definitely not just one region (or one country’s) dish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  44. Leila says:

    Cucumbers with LIME JUICE and salt is the BEST! From fresh squeezed limes. Try it. I’m sure you will all thank me. ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. Megan says:

    I love cucumbers with a little drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. If I have some on hand, I also toss in fresh mozzarella. So yummy!

  46. Melissa P says:

    My daughter will only eat cucumbers with vinegar on it, and it has to be balsamic… my food critic 31 month old!.. geez

  47. Meegan says:

    Yummmm… I am usually too busy to even pop the cucumber in a bowl – eating them straight over the kitchen sink! I love cukes with S and V (I thought I was the only one apart from my Dad!)

  48. Kara says:

    Ha! I did the exact same thing this morning with a tamarillo… They’ll love anything if it’s Mum’s food…

  49. Jenn says:

    I prefer cukes just plain or with a touch of seasoning salt sprinkled on top (pregnancy ruined me from any type of vinegar-the smell still turns my stomach)….but its my hubs who LOVES to put vinegar/various types of salt on veggies-he would rather eat this than cake…our daughter is 10 months old and is currently trying to eat the magazine i was reading just before i read this blog-i so enjoy the crappy pictures blog!!!!!!

  50. Liz says:

    I’m glaad I’m not the only one whose kid does this. Usually I’m okay to share with her, but it’s particularly annoying when she whines and cries until I share and then spits it back out in my hand and says “I don’t like it.”

  51. Kate says:

    Sometimes I’m sneaky and stick the twins food on a big “grown up” plate and pretend it’s my food. They finish every last bite without fail.

    Ps. I’m really hoping I still have a cucumber in the fridge, cukes with vinegar and salt sound delish right now!

  52. Darcy says:

    Yummy! My 18 month old is love with most green foods. Except spinach. Not so fond of that. But he did have cukes with his sandwich today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April says:

      I thought I was the only one with a kid who liked greens. My 18 month old will eat kale lentil soup and tons of veggies, but will not eat Mac & Cheese or Pizza. I’m not complaining, though.

  53. Leah Cusick says:

    I’ve eaten cukes with salt and vinegar (white vinegar) all my life and I’m not remotely from the south, lol. Quite the opposite in fact, being from northern BC! I also LOVE pretty much anything drenched in lime, YUM!!!

  54. Mo says:

    Hahaha I love it ‘Oh snap!’ I’m looking forward to when my two boys can talk properly and tell me they don’t like something instead of just making moany noises. I’ll definatly get the same victorious feeling when i get to start ‘scoring’ points.

  55. Carrie says:

    I LOVE these! My Mom used to make them for me and I’ve kept making them all along. Here’s a tip: One day we ran out of vinegar somehow (no idea) and she made them with lemon juice and sugar instead. Also delicious! I couldn’t get enough for a long time.

    I’m back to eating them with vinegar, but now it’s a toss up as to which variety I’ll make. At least one of my kids has inherited the love and gets all excited whenever he sees me making cucumbers.

  56. Kelli says:

    My youngest, he’s 5, is currently going through a thing where he never wants to eat. NEVER. Unless it is on my plate and I am clearly eating it and not planning on sharing. Little does he know I am onto his game and now I plan on losing at least half of what I have for myself to him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also, I too had purple hair in high school. Really really purple hair, I think it was called ‘pimpin’ purple’ in fact. It was awesome and horrified my grandmother so much that she dyed brown hair dye over it three times before my graduation. (It never came out brown, I became a redhead instead.)

  57. Works every time! Remind me to try that reverse psychology trick with kale.

  58. Beth says:

    I had to share this one on FB….which makes 2 in the last week and a half. LOVE. I hear this at my house all. the. time. “NO ME LIIIIIIIIIKE!” even about things that I know he loves.

  59. Hannah says:

    With 2 super skinny kids, I used to be thrilled when they ate off my plate because at least they were eating. Until I got pregnant with #3. Then I changed my mind…

  60. Kendra says:

    I grew up eating cucumbers out of my granddaddy’s garden with vinegar, salt, and pepper. I still love them to this day! Most people think I am insane to eat them with vinegar, but they know not what they are missing.

  61. Alice Rudin says:

    Green foods do nothing but cause screaming and strife in our house. It must be the car seat monsters sneak into the green-ness of the green food. (good for you, I’ll try it again, but it never works for my green food haters)!!

  62. Kathy V. says:

    My grandmother used to make that! Except she used sugar instead of salt, and she’d let the whole thing sit for a few hours before serving it. Cucumber salad. I always thought of it as an old German thing.

  63. willow matteson says:

    I’ve taken to gobbling down what ever I’m eating in the kitchen since the kids are gated out of it…. It’s the only way I can have a quiet meal to myself with out forking over half of it to my poor, starving children. I swear they turn into vultures when someone else is eat. I’ve even had my (almost) 2yo climb up my pant leg, while I was standing, and try to wrestle a sandwich out of my hand.

    • willow matteson says:

      My kids aren’t starving, BTW. They just have ‘mine’s syndrome….

      • Hazel says:

        That is one motivated little boy! My 19 month old is like that too. Try and put him in the highchair though and there might be tears…

  64. Rae says:

    Nice to know my family’s not weird…at least in that respect, hah!

    We have a dish we like to serve (so originally named too!) called ‘Cucumbers & Potatoes.

    Grate up cucumbers with a cheese grater. Pour enough vinegar over top to soak them well. Add in some salt and pepper. Let soak for at least 1hour. Drain off most of the vinegar after soaking. Stir in one tbls of mayonnaise. Serve the cucumbers cold over hot chopped up boiled potatoes.

    SOOOOOO super awesomely tasty! Its an old family dish…not sure how many generations back, but we’ve definitely been eating it for three ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Karen says:

    Have you ever had lemon cucumbers? If not, you should. They are a revelation.

  66. Victoria Gore says:

    mmmm, My Japanese Grandma makes it with thinly sliced cucumbers, vinegar, soy sauce and Bonito fish shavings.

  67. Elizabeth says:

    forget all the cucumber talk – you had me laughing out loud at OH SNAP!! funniest line ever! another great post Amber!

  68. Wendy says:

    I have never heard of this but couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. I AM 18 weeks pregnant with identical twins and, wow, did it hit the spot. The salt…the crunchiness..the perfection. Thank you for making one happy momma!

  69. S says:

    I found out about cucumber, salt, vinegar from a Jewish cookbook. My husband’s always had this dish from his Jewish godfather.

    I prefer my pickled cucumber with rice wine vinegar and sugar.

  70. In my country, some of my counterparts add one or two spoon of crรจme fraรฎche (I guess it’s heavy-cream in USA) and black pepper to this. It is strangely tasteful…

  71. Dawn says:

    Are you surrre you’re not pregnant? I think thou protests too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Carine. says:

    Crappy mom!
    I can’t tell how much I enjoy reading your posts. I think you live in my house some times…

  73. Ceri says:

    ohhh with a yummy balsamic, do you like the English cucumbers? they are so good, I cant eat plain ones now.

  74. Corrie K says:

    Bahahaha! I’d roll on the ground laughing, but my back hurts and it would suck to get up. But SO funny. And SO true.

  75. deneen says:

    “OH, SNAP!” Love it!!!! (i totally have the same scoring system …oh, and our 14 yr old dog got cucumbers EVERYDAY of his life and we are sure thats why he lived so long …) xod

  76. deborah says:

    The whole reverse psychology thing usually works for me too (whether inadvertent or intentional!), but sadly, not with foods. Still can’t get dude to touch a piece of fruit. Even if it is forbidden. Good for you!!

  77. lou says:

    Like everyone else, it would seem… I NOW WANT CUCUMBERS!

  78. Annie says:

    My kids LOOOOOOVE cucumbers with vinegar (we don’t do salt but I might have to try it now!). I don’t usually get more than 3 slices. ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Lisa says:

    I like to add some fresh dill with the cukes and vinegar!

  80. Sonia K says:

    Never fails, kids eat 1/2 my food, the same food that’s on their plate. BUT when I try and prepare and make myself a huge plate so I can “share”, they don’t want anything…..sigh.

  81. Jessie says:

    Best snack ever! Oddly enough, this works on dogs too. Our dogs is the most finicky eater, but if you pretend for even one second that YOU’RE eating something, suddenly HE wants it too!

    Also, you had purple hair in high school?! Yes! So did I! I STILL have it in fact (though I’ve temporarily dyed it brown for a wedding I’m in soon, but it’s going right back afterward), go purple! ๐Ÿ˜€

  82. Jenni says:

    When I was newly pregnant with my second and didn’t know it yet (or was maybe in denial?), my husband discovered that I was pregnant because he found me sitting in front of the fridge with the door open, drinking pickle juice from the jar. When he brought me to, I immediately took a pregnancy test, and sure enough . . .

  83. Amber says:

    So I read this this a few hours ago and immediately went to the kitchen, made some and left them in the fridge wile we went to my little guy’s tumbling class. I don’t know how I’ve lived 36 yeas without cucumbers and vinegar! I made one bowl with rice vinegar and one with balsamic. A touch of salt and the tiniest pinch of sugar. My 2 little boys and I devoured them! I’m going to buy lots more cucumbers at the farmers market tomorrow! Thanks!

  84. Lori says:

    My 2-year old always says either, “HAVE!” or “SOME?” when she’s trying to be polite. Either way – as long as it’s Mommy’s, she wants a piece of it. She’ll usually lick whatever it is, then say “No Like. Mommy Have” to which I respond, “Gee, thanks.”

  85. Julie says:

    Oh SNAP!

    Yeah, I like those moments.

  86. Crystal says:

    I like to take fresh sliced cucumbers and throw them into the pickle juice after we’ve eaten all the pickles out of a jar. Less prep.

  87. Kate says:

    omg…this just happened to me today!!! same sit…made lunch for the boy and not me…after he finished, i scrounged up something for me (which he usually NEVER eats) and suddenly he’s ravenous and adventurous in his food preferences!? wtf!? i actually thought of your blog and thought this would made a good crappy picture scenario! you rock!

  88. Sabrina says:

    Oh SNAP! You just made me want that too! I thought that I was only one who like this concoction! YUM!
    BTW, why is that they always want the food that you are eating…?

  89. Stephanie says:

    That’s what I do too! Reverse psychology works great. Sometimes. Though my autistic son won’t usually try new stuff, but the little guy will eat anything, especially if it’s not for him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Great! I wish that tactic worked for my kids! I have tried and failed that “trick.”

  91. craftknowitall says:

    I fixed some sliced cukes and vinegar, drained off the vinegar and took the cukes and salt shaker with me to watch grandson’s for a couple of hours. I got there and before I knew it the grandson’s had eaten them all. Crap, I should have made 2 cukes, one just wasn’t enough.

  92. Rose says:

    Wait. Your kids eat food? No fair.

  93. emily g says:

    Okay, read the post. Read the comments. Now I’M hungry!! LOL

  94. LK says:

    Yes! My husband and I love the same snack, and our toddler, since he can’t talk, did the universal grunt for, “gimme dat!” The look on his face at his first taste of vinegar was hilarious. And then a big old grin ๐Ÿ˜€

    Followed by our own big ole grins…”Mwahahaha you just ate a green veggie! PWNT!”

  95. Genevieve says:

    oh how I wish this trick would work with Kalel! I doesn’t any veggies OR fruits! I tried everything! We got him to “try” broccoli watermelon potatoes and fresh peas. I guess I am happy about that but now that he has tasted them he doesn’t “need to eat them anymore”

  96. OOOOOh I am going to try that technique and I am heading home at lunch to make myself this tasty treat! Thanks for the idea Amber!!!

  97. dreamyowl says:

    I heart cukes + vinegar + salt!! But when i’m preggo I drop the salt and add neopolitan ice cream. ๐Ÿ˜€

  98. Sarah says:

    I tried this trick the other day, and it worked beautifully. Maybe too well, actually. My four year old is currently eating cukes & vinegar for breakfast… Hey, I’ll take whatever veggie consumption I can get!

  99. Mandy says:

    Ok, I don’t have time to read all of the comments, but….I would love if you would share the “recipe” with me! I know it can’t be that hard, but I am the kind of person that needs measurements!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your understanding…and we totally have the same life. I just have two more added to the mix, and they are moody, hormonal girls! (but I absolutely love ALL of them!!)

  100. Hazel says:

    I love how kids are so contrary. ‘No I don’t like’, then within seconds, ‘I want some’. My boys only ever do this to daddy because he has interesting food. Mummy might be eating something vaguely and/or suspiciously nutritious like cheese or celery.

  101. Simona says:

    All my life I have eaten cucumbers with salt and vinegar, I think they must be one of the main food groups :-))) But since I got kids, I got smarter. Things happen in our household exactly like they do in yours, but I always cut double the amount of cucumbers than I can actually eat, it has happened many many times, I got left with an empty bowl because my kids “didn’t what that” in the first place… ๐Ÿ™‚
    BTW, you’re hilarious :-)))

  102. Heather says:

    You’re so funny…

  103. Elizabeth says:

    I eat cucumbers with sushi vinegar – yum! It’s a rice vinegar with a bit of sugar – you can buy it at Asian markets. When I don’t have that on hand, it’s apple cider vinegar with some sugar. I’ll have to try S&P….sounds good.
    Genevieve, try kale crisps! My non veggie eater loves them. Cut up kale, coat with olive oil and salt (or soy sauce), bake at 300′ for 18 minutes. If you like them crispier, put them on a cookie rack on the baking sheet.

  104. OMG! This is so funny, but true. Whenever I try eating raw veggies and the kids think it’s icky, I try to mix them with fruit slices. Cucumber tastes good when mixed with a few watermelon and apple slices. There was also a time when I ate them with a dip my mom taught me way back: mayonnaise and tomato catsup. The color interests the kids and they end up trying some too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. J. Haven says:

    Garlic! Oh my gosh are you missing out if you don’t add garlic – use granulated if that’s all you have, but fresh is better. We’ll put 5 or 6 crushed cloves in a 1/2 gallon container, but we’re big fans ๐Ÿ™‚

    One of the comments above asked for measurements: for a fresh single-serving snack, slice about 3 inches of cucumber, peeled or not is up to you, maybe 3 tablespoons of vinegar? less if it’s balsamic, and salt to taste (sorry, can’t measure that one, but a pinch isn’t enough)… and the merest breath of garlic powder!

    Or for what my family calls summer pickles, put sliced pickles and sliced onions in a 1/2 gallon container (at a ratio of maybe 6 to 1?) all jumbled up together – pack them pretty tightly – with lots of ground pepper and of course garlic ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pour in cider vinegar until it’s about 2/3 full (it will take a lot less than you expect) then top up with water, and jiggle the container to mix the liquids. Try to let them sit in the fridge for a week or so before you dig in; we try to keep 3 1/2 gallon batches in rotation: 1 to eat fresh, 1 to wait a week, and one to marinate while we’re eating the 2nd.
    Keep in mind, though, not to eat these after a couple of months because the vinegar isn’t a good enough preservative for that. Plus, they get teeth-strippingly strong!

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  107. Trista says:

    Oh my lord. I laughed, out loud. My kids think Im crazy.
    I do the whole “Well, if youre not gonna eat it, I will” I proceed to bring the ______ to my mouth and they snatch it up so fast and chow down. Yes.

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