Cucumbers (Storage + Cooking Tips)

Cucumbers (Storage + Cooking Tips)

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Cucumbers are sensitive to both moisture and temperature, so storing them too cold may lead to a wilted, rubbery texture within a few days. Instead, try wrapping cucumbers in a paper towel or thin kitchen towel and placing them on the upper shelves of your refrigerator where it is not as cold as the crisper drawer. Cucumbers can also be stored in a cool spot on the counter, away from direct sunlight and ethylene-producers such as tomatoes, apples, and bananas that will accelerate spoiling. Either way, eat within 3 days for maximum freshness.


Because of their high water content (95%!), cucumbers do not freeze or dehydrate well. The best way to preserve cucumbers for long-term use is to make pickles.

There are many types of pickles and many recipes for each, but here are a few basic recipes to get you started:

Garlic Dill Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish



Summer Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Quick Pickles

Herby Cucumber Salad

Peach Cucumber Salsa

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

Cucumber Lime Popsicles