I started off writing a post about all the food you can’t imagine that you can freeze–singing the praises of my freezer. But as I drafted the article, I realized very quickly I could spend a whole article simply talking about what to do with an overabundance of cucumbers! Now, I am not talking about throwing them into dishes right and left or pickling them; I am talking about freezing cucumbers.
Yeah. I got your attention.
Here is the rub. When you face the possibility of losing 100 pickles because everyone in your family is sick of pickles including Hubs, who pickled 15 cans already, you have to get creative.
Okay. Maybe not creative but desperate.
Yes, I am bordering on crazed.
Yes. I could have given them away but by the time I realized I was in trouble it was too late. The cucumbers were getting a little soft. No one would want them. Right?
So here are four ways to fight the plight of the cucumber explosion in your garden besides pickling, creating salsa or other cucumber based food.
You heard me right. Throw them in the freezer whole. They will get ice on them if you simply put them in a bag or a glass jar. Consider putting them in an airtight container.
And no, I am not nuts.
And yes, I realize if you defrost them, they will be pure mush.
Okay. I got it. Those cucumbers will be soggy.
I am okay with this.
Why? You can make a couple of dishes with these soggy cucumbers.
#1 Make a Cucumber Dip
You can use them to make dips. Why? (I sound like a three-year-old. Sorry.) You need process the cucumbers, so it does not matter if, the cucumbers are soggy. I didn’t find the taste that different than a fresh cucumber because it is not the star in the recipe.
Here are some other cucumber based dips to use:
Mint Cucumber Dip from Whole Living
Garlic Cucumber Dip from allrecipes.
Herbed Quark (Cottage Cheese) with Cucumber Dip from Omnomally. (Note: The author used grass-fed gelatin in her recipe.)
So, if you want to make a cucumber based sauce, just grab one of your sorry-looking-soggy cucumber from the freezer. No one needs to know but you.
#2 Cucumber Soup
Again, you are grinding up the cucumber. Grab a cucumber and let it defrost in its jar.
Creamy Cucumber Soup from Eating Well.
Chilled Curried Mint Cucumber Soup from Serious Eats.
Vegan Cucumber Soup from Warm Kitchen. (To make it gluten free, you could probably substitute the flour for arrowroot to thicken it.)
#3 Cucumber Smoothies or Juices.
I got so sick of seeing the cucumbers that I started juicing them. I have twenty-one jars of the juice sitting in my freezer.
(Yes. I am pretty addicted to freezing cucumbers.)
Cucumber juice contains vitamin K, calcium, and copper.
Vitamin K helps build strong bones, plays an important role in clotting, and nourishes the kidneys
Calcium helps retain bone density, strengthens teeth, and helps to maintain your body’s hormone balance.
Copper helps to produce healthy red blood cells, make neurotransmitters, strengthens connective tissue and boost your immune system as well as protect you from cellular damage that develops from exposure to environmental toxins or sunlight.
So juice away! Here are some recipes to get you started. I would just add a half a cup to a cup of the cucumber juice to your finished juice product.
- Cucumber Apple Juice
- Cucumber, Carrot, Ginger, Apple Juice
- Drink it straight. I have done this. Very refreshing.
- Strawberry Cucumber Juice
#4 Eat them Whole
If you skin or de-seed the cucumbers, you can eat the pieces whole.
Watch the below video how to prep your cucumbers. According to the video, the slices taste just like cucumber without any diminishing taste. They just aren’t rigid.
P.S. Just in case you still want to pickle your cucumbers, this is one of my favorite recipes.
Join the Conversation:
Do you freeze cucumbers?