Undeniably, cucumbers are delectable veggies for those who love them. They are best eaten raw and fresh where you get to enjoy both their crunchy sound and taste. They need to be kept fresh all week especially if you have them plenty and you don’t intend to consume all at once. Their freshness for days isn’t something anyone can vouch for and so storage becomes needful. If you don’t store them the right way, you will wake up one morning to them find pale yellow and no longer edible. So, how to store cucumbers from the garden?
Storage is one thing and storing it right is another thing entirely. Most people just place them on the counter and think they are safe, but the next couple of days will void that safety notion of theirs with sour cucumbers smiling at them.
Here’s How to Store Cucumbers from the Garden Properly and Keep Them Fresh All Week
Refrigeration is one of the best ways of storing vegetables and most edible items in the kitchen to have them fresh and ready for consumption. But when it comes to fruits like cucumbers, lower temperatures aren’t really great for their preservations. There’s a system of storing in the refrigerator to keep their temperature minimal and not compromise their freshness. Let me walk you down the steps on how to get this right.
Wrap the cucumber
You don’t place the cukes raw in the fridge. You have to wrap them. Wrapping ensures the amount of moisture they receive from their enclosed storage (fridge) is reduced, when they receive too much moisture, it facilitates their decay process which is why storing them naked in the fridge is a terrible idea. Make no mistake of placing them in the freezer that is even worse.
There are two ideal materials you can use to wrap them before refrigerating. You can use a paper towel or plastic wrap. These wrappings, as earlier mentioned, minimize the level of moisture penetration into the cucumbers. Although the refrigerator is the best place to store them, it could also be the worst place that they can be. Temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit are inimical to the edibility of your dear cukes.
Place inside the Refrigerator
After the wrapping, you can now officially refrigerate them. But before that, just to ensure that the temperature in the fridge is ambient enough, you can place the wrapped cucumbers in a transparent plastic bag before placing them in the fridge. Where to place them in the refrigerator is another factor to consider. Never immerse them down the bottom of the refrigerator, it’s usually colder there. Use the vegetable crisper of your fridge for this purpose.
How to Store Cucumbers from the Garden: Other Options
Refrigerating isn’t the only method of storing cucumbers. When its winter and the temperature outside is going below zero, your kitchen is a natural refrigerator and the fridge is the last place you would want to store your vegetables. This is where the other options come in.
Store at Room Temperature
Everywhere on the exterior is freezing already, but since there’s a roof over your head, you have at least a moderate temperature in your kitchen where gas provides some level of heat, and activity in the kitchen tries to balance the temperature.
You can just slice your cucumbers and place them in a bowl. Cover afterward and leave them on the shelves. If you’ll be using them soonest, you can pour cold water in the bowl to freshen them up.
You can also keep them in a basket. This method will not guarantee long term storage but will at least keep them fresh and crunchy for a couple of days.
Convert Them to a Detox Drink
With a detox drink, you can reap the dual benefits of these healthy vegetables. Just slice them up and fill a glass cup with them. Cut some lemon and apple and include in the glass cup or jug. Then add water to the entire mixture and place it in the fridge. Allow the mixture to settle so all the nutrients in both the cucumber, apple, and lemon can flow out into the water.
This water is healthy and can detox your body. The water can stay up to 4 days and still be safe to drink.
How to Store Cucumbers from the Garden: Lemon and Salt Solution
Salt is a natural preservative for meat in the kitchen and the inclusion of lemon can make a powerful preservative combo for not just meats but vegetables.
This method is best used for sliced cucumbers. These slices go sour faster than when they are uncut so they need a more reinforced preservative method.
Slice the cucumbers and put them in a bowl, then sliced up some lemon edge and squeeze the lemon juice into the cucumbers. Add some pinches of salt and stir the mixture.
This storage method can keep your cucumbers fresh for up to a week and a few days. Beyond their freshness, this storage method can make the cucumbers tastier than they would usually be.
Pickling is also another method of storing sliced cucumbers to keep them fresh all week for consumption. Pickling tends to convert the cucumber into a delicacy of a sort or some kind of recipe. It can serve as a meal after you’ve pickled it and stored it.
This idea might not resonate with the cooking style or food preference of everyone but there’s no harm in trying. To get your cucumber pickled, season them with salt and pepper or explore with some other spices you have in the kitchen.
After the seasoning, place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to settle to release all of its nutrients. Refrigerate for about 24 hours under controlled temperatures – it shouldn’t be too cold in the fridge even though it is a fridge else the purpose will be defeated. After the 24 hours, bring the delectable out and pair with your food or eat them singly.
There you have it – various methods to preserve cucumbers which by the way happens to be one of the healthiest veggies man is blessed with. Preserve them and get the best out of their goodness.