How to Preserve Cucumbers Without Pickling

Find out how to preserve cucumbers so they will last longer without pickling them.

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Cucumbers are a refreshing and crunchy addition to many salads and dishes, but they can also be enjoyed on their own. If you have a surplus of cucumbers, you may be wondering how to preserve them so that they last longer. Canning and pickling are both popular methods of cucumber preservation, but did you know that there are other ways to extend the shelf life of your cucumbers?

One simple way to keep cucumbers fresh is to store them in the refrigerator. This will help to slow down the ripening process and prevent them from becoming mushy. Place cucumbers in a plastic bag or container with ventilation holes and store in the crisper drawer of your fridge. For best results, use within 2-3 days.

Cucumbers can also be stored in a vinegar solution. This will help to keep them crisp and prevent them from spoiling. Combine equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl or jar and submerge the cucumbers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

If you’re looking for a longer-term storage solution, dehydrating is a good option. Dehydrated cucumbers will last for several months when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. To dehydrate, slice cucumbers thinly and spread out on a dehydrator tray. Dry at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-6 hours or until crisp.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need:
*1-2 cucumbers per person
*vinegar (any kind will do)
*sugar (optional)
*garlic cloves (optional)
*peppercorns (optional)

Cucumber Storage Tips

Cucumbers are a delicious and refreshing summertime treat, but they can go bad quickly if not stored properly. Here are some tips on how to keep your cucumbers fresh and crisp.

-Wash cucumbers thoroughly in cool water before storing.
-Do not store cucumbers in the refrigerator for more than a week.
-Cucumbers can be stored in a cool, dark place such as a basement for up to two weeks.
-If you plan to store cucumbers for more than two weeks, pickle them.

Freezing Cucumbers

Freezing is the best way to preserve cucumbers if you don’t want to pickle them. Start by washing the cucumbers and slicing them into the desired thickness. Blanch the cucumbers for three minutes in boiling water then shock them in ice water. Dry them thoroughly and place them in freezer bags, removing as much air as possible before sealing. Cucumbers will keep in the freezer for up to a year.

Dehydrating Cucumbers

Cucumbers can be dehydrated to make long-lasting snacks or to add flavor to other dishes. Dehydrating cucumbers is a simple process that only requires a few hours of your time and a dehydrator. The end result is a crispy, flavorful treat that can be stored for months.

To dehydrate cucumbers, start by slicing them into thin rounds. If you want to add flavor, you can sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and other seasonings. Next, spread the cucumber slices out on the dehydrator trays and set the dehydrator to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Dehydrate the cucumbers for 6-8 hours, or until they are crisp. Once they are done, remove the cucumbers from the dehydrator and store them in an airtight container

Making Cucumber Powder

If you garden or buy cucumbers in bulk, you may find yourself with more cucumbers than you can possibly use before they go bad. Preserving cucumbers by pickling them is a popular option, but if you’re not a fan of pickles or simply don’t have the time, making cucumber powder is a great way to extend the shelf life of your cucumbers while still being able to enjoy their flavor in a variety of dishes.

To make cucumber powder, simply wash and slice your cucumbers thinly, then spread them out on a baking sheet and dehydrate them in a food dehydrator or oven set to the lowest possible temperature. Once the cucumbers are completely dry, grind them into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or food processor. Store the powder in an Airtight container in a cool, dark place and it will keep for up to 6 months.

Cucumber powder can be used as a seasoning for soups, stews, casseroles, and even salads. It’s also great sprinkled on top of roasted vegetables or mixed into homemade salad dressing for an extra zesty flavor.

Cucumber Vinegar

This is a cucumber vinegar recipe that will let you enjoy the fresh flavor of cucumbers without pickling them. You can use it in salads, on sandwiches, or anywhere else you would use pickles or vinegar.

-1 quart white vinegar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon salt
-1 teaspoon mustard seed
-1/2 teaspoon celery seed
-1/4 teaspoon turmeric
-10 to 12 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

1. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed and turmeric in a large nonreactive pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.
2. Add the cucumbers and return to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. Transfer to jars or other airtight containers and refrigerate for at least 2 weeks before using. The cucumbers will keep for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.

Cucumber Syrup

This cucumber syrup recipe is a great way to preserve cucumbers without pickling them. The syrup can be used to make cucumber sodas, cocktails, or simply added to water for a refreshing drink.

1 pound (450 grams) cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1 cup (250 ml) water
1 cup (250 ml) white sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice

1. Cut the cucumbers into small pieces and place them in a blender or food processor. Add the water and blend until the cucumbers are pureed.
2. Pour the pureed cucumbers into a saucepan and add the sugar and lemon juice Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. Pour the syrup into a sterilized jar and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Cucumber Gin

Cucumber gin is a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic. It is perfect for summer sipping!

To make cucumber gin, you will need:
-1 bottle of gin
-1 cucumber, thinly sliced
-1 lemon, thinly sliced
-Ice cubes

1. Place the cucumber and lemon slices in the bottom of a glass jar.
2. Pour the gin over the cucumbers and lemons.
3. Seal the jar tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks.
4. To serve, add ice cubes to a glass and pour in the gin. Enjoy!

Cucumber Tonic

This cucumber tonic is perfect for those who want to enjoy the fresh taste of cucumbers without pickling them. Simply mix together equal parts water and white vinegar, and add a pinch of sugar and salt. Then, add your thinly sliced cucumbers to the mixture and let them soak for at least an hour. The longer they soak, the more flavorful they will be. Enjoy your cucumber tonic as is, or use it as a base for a refreshing salad or sandwich.