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Ingredient challenge: Frozen cukes

Gin and It Jan 3, 2009 03:47 AM

I left a bag of twelve Diva cukes in the garage, and they froze just about all the way through. Can anyone think of a tasty way to use them? Kind of the wrong time of year for gazpacho but if it comes down to that, so be it. Any other ideas? Thanks!

  1. Gin and It Jan 4, 2009 04:35 AM

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I think I'll juice most of them for alocholic drink experiments (might be good in a bloody mary as well as gimlets and martinis), and make a little tzatziki with some goat milk yogurt I have hanging around.

    1. s
      Sharuf Jan 4, 2009 01:06 AM

      Julia Child has a recipe somewhere for simple sauteed cucumbers. They are very good. I think it's worth an experiment with your frozen cukes.

      1. j
        jlafler Jan 3, 2009 05:26 PM

        Pickle relish comes to mind.

        Along the lines of the cocktail suggestions above, you could use them to infuse some vodka. I've never tasted cucumber-infused vodka, mind you, but why not?

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        1. re: jlafler
          ourhomeworks Jan 3, 2009 05:42 PM

          Great idea on the relish!

        2. ourhomeworks Jan 3, 2009 05:25 PM

          Tzatziki sauce for a couple of them?

          1. p
            powella Jan 3, 2009 05:08 PM

            I made agua fresca with excess cukes this summer and I imagine that since texture doesn't matter much, you might be able to use them for some kind of similar drink. Just peel, seed and chop roughly, whir in the blender with some water and sugar and maybe some spirits?

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            1. re: powella
              lynnlato Jan 3, 2009 05:12 PM

              Bon Appetit or Gourmet had a drink like this in the mag over the summer made w/ gin.

              Cucumber martini: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Cucumber-Martini-350416

              Cucumber Gimlet: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/dri...

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