Cucumbers are one of the most versatile vegetables. They make for a great addition to many salads and can also be used as a healthy filler or a crunchy side dish. While cucumber is delicious when freshly picked from the garden, it tends to lose its taste when stored for too long. Plus, as soon as it leaves your fingers, its condition will change from tender to wilted. If you keep cucumbers in the fridge, observing proper storage methods is necessary so that you can maximize the life of your vegetables and prevent them from getting ruined.
I grow cucumbers every year. Some straight up, others in a bush type cucumber. I have tried quite a few things to save some of my harvest to use or can them at another time. Seriously I freeze extras and take them out when needed. Here are a few tips that I have found over the years that I hope will help you if you’re in the same boat as me.
Storing cucumbers properly can greatly increase the life span of your produce and reduce waste. Given the length of time it takes for a cucumber to grow, these small but delicious additions to salads, sandwiches and wraps shouldn’t have to spoil so soon.
Curious about how to store cucumbers to keep them fresh? There are a few ways to do it. The first method is to wrap the cucumbers in paper towel or plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator. Make sure you place the cucumbers in the vegetable crisper, not the bottom, of the fridge. Using your senses to determine whether the cucumbers are spoiled is essential. This method is controversial, but it is recommended for maximum quality.
Keeping cucumbers at room temperature is the best way to keep them crisp and free of bacteria. In winters, you can keep them in a kitchen basket or high on the counter. When storing in the fridge, make sure the place is not in direct sunlight. Also, keep them at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This method will keep them for two weeks. During the summer, you can store them in the refrigerator.
Once you’ve cut your cucumber, be sure to rinse it thoroughly. It’s important to remove dirt and grime before storing it. You should also remove any vacuum-sealed seedless greenhouse cucumbers if they have wrappers. Peel off any mushy or moldy spots and then place a damp paper towel on the section you intend to use. Once you’ve cut the cucumber, you can now store it in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.