Surplus Cucumbers

 

We love these mini cucumbers. One of them is the perfect amount for a serving. We had already eaten several from this package but, knowing how quickly they can spoil, I needed to somehow extended their time of usefulness.

cucumbers


Pickling is the best known and almost the only way to preserve cucumbers. They do not freeze well at all. The cellular structure is broken down and they become hideously mushy. I have found that the liquid from a cucumber freezes just fine and is useful in homemade salad dressings, smoothies, green drinks, cocktails and such.

I washed and chopped 5 or 6 cucumbers from the package, leaving a few for eating, and blended them into a purée with the juice of a lime.

cucumbers

cucumbers


I double strained the liquid from the pulp, one of the strainers having a finer mesh. Using my juicer would have been more efficient and extracted more liquid but not worth the trouble of getting out the machine and having all that cleanup for just a few cucumbers.

cucumbers

cucumbers


The cucumber juice was then frozen into cubes for future use. I saved the pulp in the refrigerator to be used in the next day or two.

cucumbers

cucumbers

cucumbers


Faye made a delicious vegetable chili with white and red beans. Other interesting ingredients in the soup were cashews and raisins.

cucumbers


To go along with the chili I baked whole grain yellow corn tortillas topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeño, red onion and crushed cumin seed. After taking them out of the oven I cut the tortillas into wedges and blotted the fat from the cheese with paper towels.

cucumbers

cucumbers

cucumbers


To go on top of the tortilla wedges I put together a guacamole using cucumber pulp.

cucumbers

cucumbers


Other ingredients in the guacamole were jalapeño powder, onion powder, garlic paste, black salt and black pepper.

cucumbers

cucumbers


…and this was lunch.

cucumbers



 


12 thoughts on “Surplus Cucumbers

  1. Paper towel is good, but the Fresh Paper will actually keep raspberries fresh in my refrigerator for over a week, with no apparent deterioration. Other items, too, but that is what we are enjoying right now. I put a few in the produce drawer, and one-eighth of a sheet in a box of berries, mushrooms, etc.. Magic! And what a dollar saver. No produce spoils now. They are good so long as you can smell the “maple” scent, so if they have not gotten soaked in a box of berries, put the same one in another container.

    Woops! Bread machine says it is time to shape the bread!

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    1. Other than the juice I have actually never tried freezing cucumber after hearing what others have said about it. I guess a change in texture wouldn’t matter so much in a smoothie. I’m glad to hear it can work well for that.

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