Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are a widely cultivated plant in the family Cucurbitaceae, which includes gourds, melons, and squash. There are many varieties of cucumber, which are largely divided between summer-curing and winter-curing. The word “cucumber” is derived from the word “cuke,” which was used to describe a gherkin. The term cucumber originated in the western parts of India, which combines two Sanskrit words; karkandhu (“cooling”) and kirri (“like cucumber”).
If you’re new to canning you may be asking yourself what type of equipment do I need and how do I know if it’s safe or not. There are some slight differences between storing your cucumbers in a jar or out of a jar. For the most part there is no difference, the only time the type of storage will affect the cucumbers is if they have an excess amount of moisture. While the type of storage container doesn’t make an effect on the final product, you will run into a problem if you have too much moisture in your store bin.
Many cucumber varieties fall into the “pickling” category, and are bred for their smaller size. The smaller size is great for packing into a pickle jar, of course, but the variety numbers can be confusing. Standard cucumber varieties can range from very small (e.g., the Tokyo Market) to very large (e.g., Burpless Hybrid), but whichever type of cucumber you’re growing in your garden, there are several methods for storing them depending on what you plan to do with them.
Lemon cucumbers need special care. The best way to preserve them is to avoid cutting them too soon or allowing them to get soggy. After they have fully ripened, you can save the seeds. Wash the seeds well and dry them on a piece of paper. These seeds can be stored in a cool, dark place and will provide you with a supply for the next year. But how to store lemon cucumbers?
The most effective way to preserve them is to cut them into thin slices and place them in lemon and salt. This is a great way to prolong their freshness. You can even slice the cucumbers before freezing them. When you want to make popsicles, you don’t need to use all of them. You can freeze the chunks so that you can enjoy a refreshing, tangy treat when you’re thirsty.
Lemon cucumbers grow best when they’re grown in well-draining soil. They need to be watered daily or every two days. If you plant them in a mound, they need to be watered every day or two. Keep them in the refrigerator. Temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit are detrimental to their edibility. In addition, lemon cucumbers will produce their largest yields if you fertilize them regularly.