Cucumber is a popular vegetable and is used in many dishes. For this reason, it should be a staple in your refrigerator. However, most people find it to be no match for its shelf life. In fact, it is so perishable that you will only get to enjoy it for about a week before you have to throw it away. The good news according to the experts is that there are some things you can do to help with extending the life of cucumbers.
It’s easy to slice open a cucumber, use a little in your salad, and then wonder why it seems the cucumbers in your crisper drawer are always going bad. It’s not because you’re not eating them — it’s just time for you to change your storage habits. If you keep your cucumbers in their packets it’s possible you won’t even be able to use them before they go bad. Here we’ll go over different techniques for storing your cucumbers so you can enjoy them.
Can you really make cucumbers last? Yes. Cucumbers are a great addition to your kitchen, and they can actually last for up to three weeks if you do it right. You’ll want to pick out the right cucumbers to begin with since there are varying types of cucumbers. Let me show you how to make sure your cucumbers last so you can enjoy some delicious cucumber salads and even pickles with that cool taste of cucumber and dill.
Regardless of whether you’re cooking with fresh cucumbers or buying cucumbers from the grocery store, there are a few steps you can take to prolong the life of your produce. Keeping cucumbers in the refrigerator will help them last a week or more. The crisper drawer is a great place to store them, and they’re versatile enough to be used in soup, salad, or cocktails. To make them last even longer, wrap half of a cucumber in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.
Store cucumbers in a cool, dark place away from fruit and other vegetables. Keep them out of direct sunlight and out of the chiller drawer. Using an open plastic bag will help them stay fresher. For best results, keep them in an un-covered container in the refrigerator. You can also wrap them in a paper towel to keep them fresher. To extend the life of cucumbers, you should remove them from heat and moisture sources when storing them.
If you purchase cucumbers from a farmer’s market or garden, make sure you store them at room temperature. These vegetables will last about a week at their peak quality, but they won’t keep as long as you would like. The best way to preserve them is to pickle them or freeze them. This method is easy and involves freezing cucumbers. Then, simply place them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, they will keep for two to three months. However, their crunch won’t be retained as they’re frozen, so it may be best to pickle them instead.