Freeze cucumbers for later cooking
The soft consistency of thawed vegetables is only a problem if they are to be consumed raw. However, if you want to prepare a dish from cooked cucumbers, for example braised cucumbers in mustard sauce, it is entirely possible to use frozen cucumber slices. The frozen version tastes just as good cooked as the fresh one. You should use up the frozen cucumbers after a year at the latest.
When freezing, do the following:
- Peel the cucumber.
- Cut them in half lengthways and scrape out the watery seeds with a spoon.
- Cut the cucumber into thick slices.
- Put the slices in freezer bags or plastic boxes and close them carefully before freezing.
- When cooking later, put the frozen slices directly into the hot pot.
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If you like to prepare the cold vegetable soup Gazpacho, you also have the option of freezing cucumber pureed in advance.
Freeze pickled cucumbers
The second way to freeze cucumbers is to prepare a kind of cucumber salad that goes into the freezer. The added vinegar supports the consistency of the cucumbers so that they can be consumed raw even after thawing. The cucumber slices taste great in salads or on sandwiches. After a few months in the freezer, the aroma suffers, but the cucumber slices can be kept for up to a year.
- Slice the cucumber thinly.
- Generously pour a mixture of vinegar, a little salt and sugar over them (you can add other spices if you like).
- Mix the cucumber slices carefully with the liquid.
- Put the cucumber mixture in freezer bags or plastic boxes and seal them tightly before freezing.
- Let the cucumber slices thaw slowly in the refrigerator before eating.
Often the better alternative: soak cucumbers in vinegar
As you can see, the uses of frozen pickles are limited. Most hobby gardeners therefore prefer to soak their cucumber harvest in vinegar water and, if necessary, boil it down. Sour cucumbers are a classic that can be stored in the pantry for up to a year.