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Old 07-22-2018, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I was gone for a couple of days so didn't pick my vegetable garden. Combined with a couple of rainy days I have lots of cucumbers that are really best used in a sauce or soup (fat and a bit seedy).

I'm thinking about making some tzatziki sauce and some cucumber soup.

I just read something about freezing cucumbers and using them in recipes later.

Would you freeze the cucumbers and use them later for a soup or sauce or would you make the recipe and freeze it?

I figure I have nothing to lose either way. I am just wondering what others would do.
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Old 07-22-2018, 12:18 PM
 
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I would freeze the recipe and then for maximum crispness serve it partially thawed. I've only had refrigerator pickles done this frozen way and that's how I served them.

Cucumbers have so much water in them that I wonder what the end result would be in tzatziki unless you salted and drained them first before mixing and freezing.
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Old 07-22-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I'd be curious to hear from anyone who tried freezing cucumbers.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'd be curious to hear from anyone who tried freezing cucumbers.
I have not tried but am pretty sure they will not freeze well regardless of what you want to use them in.
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I have not tried but am pretty sure they will not freeze well regardless of what you want to use them in.
That's what I thought also so I've never tried it before. There seem to be lots and lots of recipes online to do it. They need to be really well drained so for a soup, sauce or smoothie they might work well.

I think I'll try it a few different ways. I figure if I make soup and freeze it, the worst that can happen is I turn it into a base for another soup.

Just for fun, I'm going to grate one of the cucumbers and freeze it.

Obviously it won't be the same consistency as something freshly picked.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:39 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I doubt that they'd freeze well. If you have a food pantry nearby, try to donate them.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I doubt that they'd freeze well. If you have a food pantry nearby, try to donate them.
I plan to donate some of them.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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I feed/fatten up the deer with any garden extras..... I have many neighbors giving me veggies...im not veggie fan so I enjoy feeding the deer......fun to watch and I love venison!!
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:03 AM
 
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I was gone for a couple of days so didn't pick my vegetable garden. Combined with a couple of rainy days I have lots of cucumbers that are really best used in a sauce or soup (fat and a bit seedy).

I'm thinking about making some tzatziki sauce and some cucumber soup.

I just read something about freezing cucumbers and using them in recipes later.

Would you freeze the cucumbers and use them later for a soup or sauce or would you make the recipe and freeze it?

I figure I have nothing to lose either way. I am just wondering what others would do.

Frozen cukes thaw out to be slimy blobs.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:04 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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make pickles.
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