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Old 08-17-2011, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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... however, it is VERY important that you use as much (or more) vinegar as water to ensure the safety of the food.
Yikes!
I don't like the store-bought pickles precisely for the amount of vinegar in them... is it really that much better for health then some salt??
Doesn't have to be that much, I don't think... just ensuring the sterility of everything while canning...
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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The vinegar doesn't sterilize things, it's used to preserve the food.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Grant Park, IL
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Wash,peel,slice,let drain.Mix with italian dressing,put in ziplock and freeze.
Cooks.com - Recipes - Freezing Cucumbers
Why would you wash them and then peel away what you just washed?
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I'm overwhelmed with cucumbers - does anyone know a way to preserve them apart from pickling? Don't want to use salt for health reasons, as in pickles, though a bit of salt is OK. I can't make as good dill pickles as in the store anyway.

I know they can't be frozen like beans, but anything else? I'm swamped with cukes!!!
The salt only draws the moisture out of the cucumbers so that the pickling mixture will be absorbed. If you are worried about sodium content, there isn't much because the salt is completely washed off.

You can do some relish, or blend them up and put the juice in a vegetable juice blend with tomatoes, celery and peppers.

Other than being eaten fresh, there aren't a lot of options for cukes.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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NO SALT

NO PICKLES
no can do.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Don't freeze whole cukes - yucky mush will result. There are some good ideas here, but you can also just give away a bunch!
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The salt only draws the moisture out of the cucumbers so that the pickling mixture will be absorbed. If you are worried about sodium content, there isn't much because the salt is completely washed off.

You can do some relish, or blend them up and put the juice in a vegetable juice blend with tomatoes, celery and peppers.

Other than being eaten fresh, there aren't a lot of options for cukes.

20yrsinBranson
my thoughts as well. There is no way to preserve cukes without making relish or pickles and both will have salt in them. It is an ingredient that has got to be there.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: SC
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If it were me, I'd make half sour pickles out of them with sea salt, it doesn't need to be truckloads, and LOTS of dill and garlic cloves and fresh filtered water. Maybe in place of some of the salt add pepper--even cayenne.

You could make yummy Gazpacho soup by adding in some vegetable juice, celery, garlic and vinegar and good oilive oil.... or juice them in a juicer along with greens-- leafy veggies and lemon and an apple if you want an energy boost along with a detox. Juiced cukes are great for detoxing.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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i have been canning veggies for years that i also grow myself and i have been wondering the same thing. can't you just cut and prepare cucs for the winter by canning them in just water, as long as you use the same safety as with everything else you cann, or is there different temperatures or steps 2 follow? hasn't any1 ever tried to see how they get because i to am being over run by cucumbers. in the beginning all my friends and neighbors are grateful then they look at you like more!! no don't want anymore. i hope some1 has an idea to keep these around for winter.

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Old 08-28-2014, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Arizona Desert
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Since my beverage of choice is water, I try to come up with interesting ways to flavor it. One of my favorite is cucumber! I simply slice them thin, add a couple of slices to each compartment in an ice tray, and cover with water. I put the tray inside a plastic bag and then freeze. When frozen, I transfer them to a freezer bag. Not only can you add these to water, but you could also add them to a Bloody Mary or Vodka Tonic. And they'd be great for smoothies too!
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