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Old 08-06-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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Nita, would you share your pickle recipe with us? I need help, and you sound like the person who just might be able to give in-sight pickle making!
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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A friend of mine told me once how her mother used to grate and freeze them. Some were used in salad during the winter and some were used to make bread, I guess like you might use zucchini. I had never heard of either before. Maybe this is a Dutch thing or Canadian..... she is Dutch, but moved to Canada as a little girl. If you are interested, I will try to find out exact directions.
I've heard of this - I ran across a recipe for cucumber sweetbread (with lemon zest among the other ingredients) online, and I haven't tried it out, but the recipe actually looked tantalizing.
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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You can pickle them without salt BUT, you must be careful. Contrary to popular belief, you can can almost anything without adding salt for preservative. IME many people think salt IS the preservative. In the safe canning of pickles, however, it is VERY important that you use as much (or more) vinegar as water to ensure the safety of the food. I am a food safety specialist. Colorado State posts some good things on how to can safely without salt or sugar.

Food Preservation Without Sugar or Salt
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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You can pickle them using vinegar without brine. Add a little sugar for taste.
My grandmother used to slice them and soak them, covered, in balsamic vinegar.

Delicious and they keep longer, but if you have more cucumbers than you can eat in 6 months like someone with vines covering about 30 linear feet of fence/trellis would then you probably don't want to spend so much on Balsamic Vinegar.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: NW Lower MI
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I just searched online for a cucumber bread recipe that someone earlier in this thread had mentioned. It sounds really yummy! I had no idea cukes could be dealt with in this manner. I will definitely have to check it out during the season. No way will I buy cukes from the store to do this with. Yuck!
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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How do I preserve whole cucumber?
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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You can pickle them using vinegar without brine. Add a little sugar for taste.
I slice them thin, put them in vinegar with a bit of sugar, dill (feathery part of the weed, not head -- guess it is preference) and thin sliced red onion. Refrigerator pickles, my mother called them -- good up to 3 days about.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Seems like we had a recipe when I was a kid......sliced cucs, sliced onions and put them in sour cream.....the sour cream thinned out......don't know if there was anything else,(maybe a bit of vinegar or a spoonful of sugar, not sure), but they were really good......
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Seems like we had a recipe when I was a kid......sliced cucs, sliced onions and put them in sour cream.....the sour cream thinned out......don't know if there was anything else,(maybe a bit of vinegar or a spoonful of sugar, not sure), but they were really good......
I stll serve them that way from time to time. When we were kids we didn't use the sour cream, just vinegar deluted a little.

NIta
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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You can pickle them without salt BUT, you must be careful. Contrary to popular belief, you can can almost anything without adding salt for preservative. IME many people think salt IS the preservative. In the safe canning of pickles, however, it is VERY important that you use as much (or more) vinegar as water to ensure the safety of the food. I am a food safety specialist. Colorado State posts some good things on how to can safely without salt or sugar.

Food Preservation Without Sugar or Salt
Now you would be the person I would want to talk to....LOL. Food safety is a big concern of mine.
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