We recently received some friends over for dinner. One of the appetizer was raw vegetable platter (easy and fast). I didn't want to prepare all the dishes at the last minute, so I started to cut the carrots and Japanese cucumbers (can substitute with celery) in long strips (measured accordingly with the height of the glass that will hold the veggie strips for dinner), and soaked them in filtered water in a plastic container. I refrigerated the plastic container for several hours until the water is cold. If you don't have enough time, you can soak the vegetables in iced water too. The end result? Crunchy and fresh!