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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6738606

I have recently ( Last year) Started doing organic gardening and very recently 'canning', I have a lot of cucumbers, Besides using them for pickling and in salads, Is there some other recipie they can be used for? I have allready used a lot in some salads and have frozen four bags of them and still have many growing.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2009
11:15 AM

Post #6740544

Haven't sampled this yet but my daughter says it is wonderful as a spread for sandwiches or in pita bread with meats/vegetables of your choice. From a Greek cookbook ~ sounds fairly easy too...
Quoting:
tzatziki

1 1/2 cups yoghurt (strained)
2 medium sized cucumbers
4-6 cloves garlic, crushed
a little vinegar
salt
Skin the cucumbers and cut into thin strips with a vegetable grater. Then cut into small pieces. Drain and squeeze well and then salt. Add the crushed garlic, the vinegar, the yoghurt and mix, finally adding the oil.

If you wish, you can sprinkle the tzatziki with paprika and garnish with olives.
You can add more garlic for more garlicky taste, or instead add a mixture of finely chopped almonds and other nuts.
Portions: 6 1 Portion = 75 calories


podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2009
11:17 AM

Post #6740546

Iris ~ how do you use the frozen cucumbers? I've never heard of that...
jjconcepts
Milford, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
6:25 PM

Post #6741949

you can use them in sauces.. popular in greek foods. very good, I don't have the recipies.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6742099

Thanks so much podster, I'll give it a try!

You skin and chop and freeze in freezer bags and then when you make salads, De-thaw the cukes and add them. r use them in a recipie I actually haven't tried any yet, But, My niehbor told me that's what she's been doing for years so I'm trying it out, Havent used any frozen ones yet because I have cukes comming out of my ears right now and trying to figure a way to use them! So far, 'They have just been used for cukes and sour cream, Pickled cukes, and for salads. The cukes on the vines are 14" long when I pick them and I get a lot!
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2009
7:42 PM

Post #6742210

Go to recipesource.com and type cucumbers in the search box at upper left. More than 300 recipes of all types. (I tried to get a URL for it but it was too long to link.)
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6742303

Thankyou Yuska!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2009
2:53 PM

Post #6776544

I use cucumber in my veg soup. Could I dry them and use them in this way?
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2009
3:25 PM

Post #6776697

I think it should work - if the soup simmers a bit the slices should be able to re-absorb enough moisture to soften. My dehydrator book says to slice the washed cukes 1/8 inch thick and process 4-8 hours. The test for dryness is leathery.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6776731

Thanks. Looks like I'll be trying something new this year.
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #6776770

Have you tried cucumbers in gazpacho, the cold Spanish soup? Yummy!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2009
5:16 AM

Post #6779291

Haven't heard of that.
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6779923

There are many variations. It is a delightful treat for a summer meal.

Here's just one example:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthykitchenrecipes/a/Gazpacho.htm
homers
Fuquay Varina, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2009
1:29 AM

Post #6804445

Iris...I, too found myself with an over-abundance of garden veggies this season. My neighbors started declining my offerings so I contacted our local Emergency Food Pantry run by local church volunteers. They were more than happy to take my homegrown donations and I feel like my hard work is for a good cause! You might want to do the same thing in your area...just a thought!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6806458

homers, Thats a great idea, Thankyou!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 18, 2009
4:05 AM

Post #6833381

Iris ~ I saw this recipe and thought of your thread. It was in a country newspaper I read.

Frozen Cucumber Relish
3-4 quarts cucumbers
1 bunch celery
2 bell peppers
2 large onions
4 cups vinegar
6 cups sugar
1/4 cup pickling salt

Slice cucumbers thinly. Dice the rest of the vegetables. Pour vinegar, sugar and salt mixture over and let set for a while. Stir every once in a while. When juice is "drawn", (4 hours or overnight) package and freeze. If leaving overnight, refrigerate. Leave 1 inch space. Thaw in refrigerator.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

July 18, 2009
4:38 AM

Post #6833476

Thankyou podster!

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6890941

An email friend in Oregon gave me this recipe:

Freezing Cucumbers
Slice them thinly, mix them with salt (about a tablespoon per large cucumber), and put them in the refrigerator for a day.
Then rinse them really well and press them as dry as you can.
Mix them with sugar and vinegar, 50/50, enough to cover them.
Refrigerate for another day, then put them in freezer containers with the sugar and vinegar and freeze. When you thaw them later, they're still crisp and good in salads, gazpacho, etc.

I have followed that recipe but they're in my freezer; I haven't tried any yet.
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6892012

Thanks greenhouse_gal!
litlbitmorluv
Seabrook, TX

August 6, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6915362

My mother used to take thinly sliced cukes and onions and put them in a bowl of apple-cider vinegar with salt, pepper and a ton of sugar. They'd sit most of the day and were so yummy at dinnertime!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6916396

That sounds tangy :)
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 7, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6918408

Oh, I remember those at grandmother's house - tho I don't recall any sugar. We kids were allowed to munch a few to stave off gnawing hunger before mealtime. Quite special.
gemfire55
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 22, 2010
1:14 AM

Post #8054767

allrecipes.com has a couple good recipes for cucumber salsa and also for cucumber soup

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #8054838

By the way, since this thread has revived, freezing cucumbers using the technique I posted above worked really well. The texture is slightly different in a salad, but they are very tasty and are a welcome addition to a winter mix of lettuce and store-bought grape tomatoes. We really enjoyed them and could have used more last winter. I have a huge bowl of them in the basement refrigerator, absorbing sugar and vinegar, as I type and hopefully I'll have enough to last me longer this year.

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