How To Preserve Cucumbers (in 5 quick steps?)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve cucumbers?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving cucumbers.

How To Preserve Cucumbers

You can preserve cucumbers by pickling them, freezing them, making chips or powder out of them, etc. since cucumbers have more water content in them, they get stale sooner than other vegetables. Thus preserving them using the following methods can help us get the shelflife increased from a few days to some weeks. 

How to preserve cucumber by picking it in the refrigerator?

Picking is one of the ways of storing the cucumbers for more than a week. Picking enhances the taste of the cucumbers and the brine used increases the shelf life. Thus, pickling becomes a very useful method for the preservation of vegetables like cucumbers.

The steps involved in pickling cucumbers are as follows.

  • Wash the cucumbers to get rid of the dirt and the chemicals adhered to the surface of the cucumbers normal water can get rid of almost 98% of dirt and bacteria).
  • Slice the cucumbers evenly, all in the same size( helps in bringing similar and even taste to the pickle).
  • Chop some of the onions and mix the cucumber slices with onion and salt in a bowl and keep it aside for an hour. 
  • In another pan heat water and salt, sugar, vinegar, and a handful of garlic to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil to infuse the flavor utilize and dissolve the solid condiments. Make about 2 cups of brine (500ml).
  •  Discard the excess water from the cucumber onion mixture using a strainer.
  • Add half of the brine to the cucumbers and stir it well. Keep it aside to sit for about 10 mins. 
  • Add the pickled cucumber pieces into the jar and add the other half of the brine into it.
  • Make sure every jar has at least one piece of garlic in it.
  • Place the jar in the refrigerator. 

Pickled cucumbers are ready to use for about 8 weeks and more.

How to freeze cucumbers? 

Freezing cucumbers can help utilize cucumbers for smoothies, infused water, and dips in a later run. It is an easy step-by-step method to follow. 

The steps involved are :

  • Wash off the dirt from the cucumbers when brought from the garden or market. ( use normal tap water or distilled water).
  • Slice the cucumbers if needed as per convenience or leave them whole if they are to be added in a smoothie or infuse-water.
  • Take parchment paper, place it on a tray. 
  • Place the sliced pieces of cucumber on the tray. This will make the cucumbers freeze separately and not stick to each other. 
  • Add these frozen pieces of cucumbers to the zipper bags or an airtight bottle. 
  • Freeze it and use it as and when needed.

How to preserve cucumbers by making cucumber chips?

Making cucumber chips is a way of dehydrating the cucumber to get rid of the excess water content of the vegetable. This will help increase the life of the cucumber and can be used in any side dishes or salad. 

  The steps used in making cucumber chips are as mentioned below.

  • Slice the cucumbers as thin as possible, if using aluminum foil, the slices can be a little thicker.
  • Use a paper towel to remove the excess water from the slices by pressing lightly on the cucumbers. 
  • Add salt to taste and any preferred oil( as per the flavor needed to be infused).
  • Place the parchment paper or aluminum foil on the baking tray.
  •  Keep the slices one by one on the tray and put them for baking( flip them halfway through the baking for even cooking).
  •  Keep the oven at 76℃ and bake for 3-4 hours, if using a dehydrator keep the slices in for around  4-5 hours. 
  • See to that the cucumber slices don’t burn off ( turn black in color).
  • Once done the cucumber is ready to be preserved for a longer run.

Once done with drying these chips can be taken into a blender and made into a powder which also gives a unique way of preserving cucumbers.

How to store cucumbers at room temperature?

Much like carrots, cucumbers are often better to store at normal room temperature than in the freezer directly when they are fresh or young. This can in turn make them rot soon. Thus storing the cucumbers in a dry, dark, and cold place is often a better option to store young cucumbers.

How to preserve cucumbers by making jam?

Making jam is a good way of preserving cucumber adding a great flavor to it. Mint added to cucumber jam is a good option.

 The steps used in making jam are as follows.

  • Wash the cucumbers to remove the dirt.
  • Peel the cucumbers and cut them in half.
  • Scoop out the seeds using a scooper and chop the cucumbers into tiny pieces.
  • Put the pieces in the pan.
  •  Add lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, and pectic and bring the concoction to a boil.
  • Add mint to the mixture and cook again.
  •  Remove the froth and cool it.
  •  Pour it into the jar and store it for use.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve cucumbers ?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving cucumbers and the potential implications of preserving cucumbers.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Citation

3 Ways to Preserve Cucumbers – wikiHow

5+ Amazingly Easy Ways to Preserve Cucumbers (tipsbulletin.com)

15+ Ways to Preserve Cucumbers (practicalselfreliance.com)

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