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Uses for cucumbers

Old 06-17-2022, 07:13 PM
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Only English cucumbers for me. I grow them in Summer and buy them in Winter. My jar is big and holds almost 2 quarts.
Use vegetable peeler to remove most of peeling of 3 cucumbers then slice thin into jar. Layer with thin sliced onions. Heat 2/3 cup cider vinegar with 1/3 cup white sugar, salt and black pepper. When sugar is dissolved it’s ready to pour on cucumbers but let it cool down a bit first. Brine won’t cover cucumbers entirely. When brine is added, refrigerate 24 hours then enjoy. Note: the brine gets diluted so it can’t be reused. It’s a good side dish.
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Old 06-17-2022, 07:23 PM
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We love fresh cucumber and tomato salad. Just chop them up with tomatoes and add a little ceasar or italian dressing. So fresh and good in the hot weather!
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:41 AM
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Default frozen cucumbers

I have frozen cucumbers that turned out pretty well. They are not mushy. Google it. Soak brined cucumbers for a couple of hours. Drain and add apple cider vinegar, sugar and I have also added sliced onions. Not like fresh from the garden but taste good in the winter months and better than composting them.
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Old 06-18-2022, 03:07 AM
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When our cucumbers got out of hand last summer, we turned to homemade pickles too. I recommend the Mrs Wages pickle pouches found at Walmart next to the canning jars. Quick and easy, several flavors to choose.
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Old 06-18-2022, 10:01 AM
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There are only 2 foods that don't like me and cucumber is one. Pickles don't bother me at all though. The other is green peppers.
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Old 06-18-2022, 12:43 PM
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Cucumbers are a natural diuretic.
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Old 06-21-2022, 10:04 AM
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Japanese cucumber salad is easy. The trick is to slice the cukes very thin and keep them cold. Here's a recipe that I like:
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Old 07-04-2022, 05:57 AM
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Frozen Cucumbers
2 quarts of small cucumbers (I use English cucumbers since I grow them)
Onions - sliced thin
Salt - Tblsp
Remove most of peeling with vegetable peeler. Mix above & let sit 3 hours.
Warm in a saucepan - 1 cup vinegar (white or apple cider) with 1.25 cups white sugar. When sugar is dissolved, pour over cucumbers. Freeze in plastic containers. Tastes so good in the winter. I actually cut sugar down.
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Old 07-04-2022, 06:07 AM
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Red Cabbage
1 large head red cabbage - shredded
4 Tblsp butter
4 Tblsp white sugar
2 Tblsp vinegar (white or A.C)
1/2 cup water
Mix in Dutch oven & bring to a slow simmer for 2.5 hours. Do cover it while cooking. Add a bit more sugar & vinegar during last 15 minutes. This can be reheated & I think it gets more flavorful every time. Plum or current jelly can be used instead of the last vinegar/sugar.

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Old 07-04-2022, 06:17 AM
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Garlic Rice ( Instant Pot style )

1.5 cups water
1 Tbsp “Better Than Bouillon” roasted chicken flavor
Combine above & heat in microwave 2.5 minutes

1.5 cups Wwhite rice (I like Arborio style)
2 Tblsp butter
1 heaping Tblsp minced garlic ( I use the minced in the jar)
Saute above in Instant Pot

When rice turns cream color add broth. Set to “rice cycle” which is about 10 minutes. When done I let it sit an extra 2 minutes then release pressure. Leftovers can be reheated or used in other dishes.

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