Cucumbers are one of the heavenly green vegetables.
They are known to be the greatest source of water and hydration among all the vegetables.
Cucumbers are 96% H20 and are hence the best vegetable to go to for a hydrated body. The good thing about cucumbers is that you can consume it in lots of ways.
You can simply slice them up and eat, cut it in tiny cubes for your salad, or just put some cubes in your water to make it even more refreshing. The only thing that can get tricky is how to keep cucumbers fresh.
How Long Can Cucumbers Last?
Before we go ahead into telling you how to keep cucumbers fresh, it is important to note how long you plan on storing them.
The time duration when you are learning how to keep cucumber fresh is very important depending on what state they are in.
If your cucumbers are chopped or sliced, then the maximum amount of time you can store them for is about 1-2 days. Moving on, you can store cucumbers for a week or two as well, but it is important that you don’t cut it open.
Where to Store Cucumbers?
Another crucial thing that most people mess up commonly is area. Unlike all your other vegetables, cucumbers actually do not store well when they are refrigerated.
It is better to store them in warmer places. This means that your kitchen counter, pantry, or slab can actually be a great place to store the cucumber.
Here once again, the shape in which it is counts as well as the temperature. Cucumbers stored directly in the refrigerator for a long amount of time can end up getting dried up or pitted.
On the other hand, leaving them out in the open for a long time can also give a house to mold. Keep reading to learn how to keep cucumbers fresh.
To keep sliced or chopped cucumbers fresh, you will need the following things:
- Plastic Wrap
- Airtight container
- First off, start by taking your chopped or sliced cucumbers and drain them. Make sure to remove any excess water.
- Take the airtight container and make sure that it is completely dried up. Use a tissue or a paper towel to wipe out all the water or moisture from the container.
- Once your slices or cubes are completely drained, you can proceed to transfer all the cucumbers in an airtight container.
- Seal the container and place it in your refrigerator. This should give you around 24-48 hours.
There are also lots of times when we cut the head of the cucumber and then don’t need it anymore. There will be just one minor addition to the steps given above.
Before you place the top cut off cucumber in an airtight container, use a plastic wrap. Take some of the plastic and wrap it completely around the cucumber sealing it.
Place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. For sliced or chopped, this is the best way to keep cucumbers fresh.
For Whole Cucumbers
When you want to keep cucumbers fresh in their whole state, then you should have the following things on hand:
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Bags
- Firstly, start by taking all the cucumbers out of the bag and lining them up on the counter. It is best advised to store fresh cucumbers out in the pantry as they will last longer inside. Don’t worry if you cannot leave them out in the open as you can store them in the fridge as well. The only thing to remember is that they will only last for a week.
- Do not wash your cucumbers before storing them. Simply take a paper towel and put your cucumber on it. Now roll it so that it is wrapped completely in the paper towel.
- Once the cucumber is hidden inside the paper towel, twist both the corners. This way your cucumbers will be completely sealed inside the paper towels and no outside moisture can get to them.
- Repeat the same process for all your cucumbers and place them in a plastic bag. You can use an airtight bag as well but make sure that you do not seal it. Sealing it can create moisture inside.
- Put the rest of the cucumbers in another bag and overlap the openings of both the bags. (This step is only for those people who have more cucumbers and need another bag).
- Place them in the refrigerator and you will be good to go for a week.
Note: Make sure not to leave them out in the fridge for too long as they can be pitted or moist as well.