HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Discussion

Help! Too many cucumbers!

I've just been given a basket of cucumbers. From the looks of them I'll have to do sometime quick or they'll rot, like in a day or so. How can I do something (process them) to preserve them today.
Thanks for any and all suggestions.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. What kind of cucumbers? Pickling or Garden or?

    1 Reply
    1. re: pinehurst

      They are the 'long english' type.

    2. One idea, if you don't mind a different type of dish, is a cucumber casserole. There are many recipes on the web but this one freezes well:
      http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,168,1...

      3 Replies
      1. re: pinehurst

        Wow! I'm fascinated by this recipe, especially the idea that it freezes well. Once you've frozen it, how do you bring it back to life? Defrost in the fridge and then reheat in the oven?

        ~TDQ

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Defrost in the fridge (at least most of the way) and reheat in the micro. I have reheated in the oven with a liberal sprinkle of cheese on top and a drizzle of olive oil, covered in foil, but contrary to most casserole reheats for me, I actually think this one likes the micro.

          1. re: pinehurst

            I'm definitely going to try this come cucumber season!

            ~TDQ

      2. You can chop and pickle them. I think they can stay in the refrigerator for a week or so? Experienced picklers can weigh in.
        Raita
        Cukes, red onion and tomatoes salad
        I also love cukes in a sour cream dressing. Goes great with meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

        1. You could peel, seed and chop some of them, stick them in the freezer in pyrex or plastic bags, and then blend them into smoothies, salad dressings, sesame sauce, or even facial masks later on. Pureed cucumber ice cubes are good in Bloody Marys, too.

          A number of Indian lentil recipes use cucumber as a cooked vegetable. Here's one that looks pretty good: http://simplyspicy.blogspot.com/2008/... .

          1. The recipe for Julia Child's baked cucumbers (Mastering the Art of French Cooking) is widely available online. I know, I know, it sounds very weird. And even more so when you read the recipe. But try them - I did because such a deal was made over them in Julie and Julia (book, not film). Julie was right - they are a revelation. And a way for one person to eat at LEAST one large cuke as a serving. Trust me!

            1 Reply
            1. re: greygarious

              It does sound counterintuitive, but I just have to check it out!