There are few things in this world as delightful as a fresh cucumber. Not only is it refreshing, it’s a great source of potable water and can even be used as a slightly salty seasoning on certain dishes. Yet, they perish so quickly. You buy one on Sunday and then by Friday it has shriveled into a foul smelling green balloon. How do you preserve a cucumber long enough to enjoy? Through understanding pickling and dehydration, the answer might surprise you.
Cucumbers are a type of soft-skinned vegetable that is extremely popular among various cultures. In fact, there are over 16 different types of cucumbers. We focus on the most common types which range from small to large in size. They can be eaten raw or cooked and used in salads, sandwiches and stir fries and even drinks. One very important step you’ll need following purchasing the cucumbers is to keep them fresh so they last longer and retain their flavor. Let’s look at some tips and guidelines to do this.
If you’ve ever found yourself rummaging through the fridge, full of anticipation, only to find that the cucumber you bought last week is past its prime – you know firsthand how disappointing is. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that this is one of life’s most taxing problems. You just want something simple—a cucumber—and instead, you get a pickle of disappointment. The good news is, there are some simple ways to combat this common phenomenon.
Keeping a cucumber fresh is not difficult. It should keep in your refrigerator for up to a week. The best place to store a cucumber is in the crisper drawer. You can also use it to make salads, pickles, and other dishes. Just make sure to keep it at a room temperature. If you’re not sure how to store cucumbers properly, follow these steps. You should use them within three to four days.
Cucumbers need to be stored in a cool, dry place. Store them in a paper bag or plastic wrap. This will prevent them from losing their freshness. You can purchase plastic wrap at your local grocery store for about a buck a piece. Remember to cover them with a clean dishtowel to prevent them from getting wet. After they have been cleaned, keep them away from direct sunlight and any other fruits or vegetables that produce ethylene.
Another way to preserve cucumbers is to freeze them. You can buy plastic containers at grocery stores for cheap. These bags will allow you to keep a cucumber fresh for at least a week. Just make sure you store them in a zip-lock bag. After you have placed the bag in the freezer, you can use it to store the rest of the cucumber. Once you’ve used it, you’ll know that it’s fresh.