How to store cucumbers? multiple ways
How to store cucumbers? In this blog, we will discuss how to store cucumbers for a long time. Cucumbers are one of the most popular fruits in the world. And yes, cucumber is a fruit, because you pick it from the tree. Cucumber is tasty and easy to prepare and therefore often used in a salad or simply as a snack in between. But how can you properly store a cucumber?
You can keep whole fresh cucumbers outside the fridge for 8 days. You can store sliced whole cucumbers in and out of the refrigerator for 3 days. You can store sliced cucumbers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
The cucumbers are related to the pickle and zucchini. Nowadays there are also small snack cucumbers for sale in the shop.
How Long to Store Cucumber?
How long you can keep a cucumber depends on the situation and location. These are all discussed below; out of the fridge, in the fridge, keep sliced cucumber, freeze cucumber, and much more.
In short: you keep a cucumber outside the fridge for a week and cut it in the fridge for a few days.
Once you know how to properly store your cucumber for a long time, you will always have a tasty cucumber at home. We start with cucumber in the fridge and then the rest follows.
Store Cucumbers In Fridge
The cucumber is used to heat. This makes it difficult for him to withstand the cold! You don’t keep a fresh cucumber in the fridge, but outside the fridge. You then have the chance that the cucumber will rot and become soft from the inside. Even if the cucumber is wrapped in foil, you do not keep it in the refrigerator.
If you keep a fresh cucumber in the refrigerator, it will keep for about 4 days.
Keep Cucumber Outside The Refrigerator
Cucumbers like heat and the refrigerator are not a good place for the cucumber. A whole fresh cucumber is best kept outside the fridge in a cool dark place. You can keep the cucumber for about 8 days.
If the cucumber is wrapped in foil and you are not using the cucumber yet, leave the foil around the cucumber. The foil extends the shelf life and the cucumber can be stored for about 14 days.
Since modern houses do not have a cool basement cupboard, a place in one of the kitchen cupboards or the fruit bowl is a good alternative.
Cut And Store Cucumber
Fresh cucumber should always be cleaned under the tap first. When the cucumber is in the foil, remove the foil first.
The cucumber can be eaten with the skin and all, but the skin is often removed and this is a shame because the skin and just under the skin contain many vitamins. If you want to remove the skin, you can do this with a potato peeler; the vegetable peeler.
You can cut the cucumber into slices, strips, and cubes. I can explain this in many words, but the video below is so clear that no words are needed.
When you have cut the cucumber, you can put the cut pieces of cucumber in a refrigerator and close the lid. This way you can keep the sliced cucumber for about 3 days.
If you want to use the cucumber again, the advice is always; Look, smell and taste. This way you will quickly find out if it has not gone bad.
Keep sliced cucumber
Sliced cucumber is a different story. If you have only used part of the cucumber in your dish and you have, for example, half a cucumber left, there are a few ways to store it.
- Place the sliced cucumber in a cool and dry place outside of the refrigerator. The cut part will now dry out. If you want to use the cucumber again, cut away the dried-out piece. Retention time is approximately 4 days.
- Place the sliced cucumber in a cool and dry place and cover the cut side with foil. This way the cucumber does not dry out. Again, you have to cut a piece if you want to use it again. Retention time is approximately 4 days.
- Place the sliced cucumber in the vegetable drawers of the refrigerator. also, cut away the first part when you use the cucumber hole again. Keep for 2 days.
Keep Cucumber In Water
It’s not a good idea to keep cucumber in water. If you keep the sliced or pieces of cucumber in water, the cucumber will become limp. It will absorb the water and thereby become weaker. The cucumber loses flavor and quality. Advice is not to do this.
What is tasty is cucumber water with lemon. A nice fresh drink for a sultry summer evening.
You can also freeze cucumber. It is not common, but it is possible.
You can’t put a whole cucumber in the freezer like that. cucumber consists of 90% moisture. The cucumber will be very limp when it is thawed. Before we freeze the cucumber, a few steps have to be done.
For example, we can first extract the moisture. To do this, slice the cucumber and sprinkle it with lots of salt. Salt removes the moisture from the cucumber. Leave in this way for at least 2 hours and then rinse off the salt and pat the cucumber dry quickly. After this, you can put it in a freezer bag and freeze it.
You can also boil the cucumber pieces in boiling water for 3 minutes and then cool them quickly. The cucumber must then be pat dry and can then also be put in the freezer bag in the freezer.
You can store the cucumber for 9 months in both ways.
If you want to use the cucumber again, let it thaw in the fridge. If you use the pieces of cucumber for your smoothie, you can put it in the blender from the freezer.
So, now you know everything about how to store cucumbers. When you do it right, you always have a tasty cucumber.