Here is the ultimate guide on how to freeze and store all the summery goodness of cucumber for the long term.
I have found these methods and tips to work like a charm. Let’s get started.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Cucumber?
- How to Freeze Cucumber?
- Freezing Cucumbers after Flash Freezing Them
- Freezing Cucumbers Juice in Ice Cube Trays
- How Long Can You Freeze Cucumbers?
- How to Store Frozen Cucumbers?
- How to Defrost Cucumbers?
- Can You Refreeze Cucumbers?
- Do Cucumbers Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag
Wash and Cut: Thoroughly wash the cucumbers and cut them up into slices or cubes as you prefer. You could peel them if you like.
Portion and Pack: Divide the cucumbers into measures that you can easily consume in one go and then pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
Seal, Label, and Freeze: Seal the container or bag, making sure to squeeze out all the excess air. Add a label on the container or bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the cucumbers till you need them next.
Here is a tutorial by “jwhitten31” on YouTube to show you how it is done -
Freezing Cucumbers after Flash Freezing Them
This extra step makes it much easier to pick out a few from the freezer and not have to wait to thaw the whole batch.
Wash and Cut
After thoroughly washing and cleaning the cucumbers, and peeling them if you prefer, cut the cucumbers into slices or cubes.
Lay the cucumbers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make sure that they are evenly spaced. They shouldn’t stick to each other.
Leave the tray of cucumbers in the freezer for a couple of hours to let it freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen cucumbers into a Ziploc bag and seal them. You need to work fast so that the cucumber does not start to thaw.
Squeeze out all the extra air before sealing the bag. You can use a straw to make this process easier.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you can freeze the cucumber till you need it next.
Check out this video by “Gardens All’ to get an idea –
Freezing Cucumbers Juice in Ice Cube Trays
If you like to flavor your water or use cucumbers in your smoothies, this is a great way to freeze cucumbers.
Wash and Cut
Clean the cucumbers thoroughly and then cut them up roughly.
Throw the cut cucumber into a blender and make a juice or puree out of it.
Fill the Tray
Fill an ice cube tray with the cucumber juice.
Leave the ice cube tray of cucumber juice in the freezer for a couple of hours till it has frozen solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the cubes of cucumber juice into a Ziploc bag and seal them after making sure to squeeze out all the extra air.
Label and Freeze
On the bag, add a label with the best before date, and you can leave it in the freezer for a couple of months.
To see how it is done, you can check out this awesome tutorial by “Coddle Kitchen” on YouTube –
How Long Can You Freeze Cucumbers?
You can freeze cucumbers for 6 to 12 months if done right. The fresher they are when you freeze them, the longer they will stay fresh in the freezer.
If you have pickled your cucumbers, they can last longer in the freezer than fresh ones.
Though it is high in water content, you needn’t worry about the cucumbers staying fresh in the freezer.
As long as you have kept them completely protected from exposure to air and freezer burns, you are good to go.
How to Store Frozen Cucumbers?
You can store frozen cucumbers in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The important thing is to make sure that it is not exposed to air.
If you are pressed for freezer space, Ziploc bags are the ideal solution. You can lay them down flat and stack several bags over each other and still take up little space.
It is also easier to break off pieces of cucumber from a sheet of cucumbers frozen in a Ziploc bag.
How to Defrost Cucumbers?
You can defrost cucumbers by leaving them in a bowl of water in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and letting them thaw gradually.
Some of its liquid can be lost in the bowl of water. So, be sure to use that if you are making sauces.
But if plan to add the cucumbers to your smoothies or in your water, you can skip the thawing process and directly add it into them.
Once the cucumber thaws, it can be mushy and unappealing. This is why it works best when it is frozen.
Can You Refreeze Cucumbers?
No, it is best recommended not to refreeze cucumbers. Once they thaw, they can be mushy after losing much of their water content.
It can also affect the taste and texture of the cucumbers. So, it is best to use them up as soon as possible rather than repeatedly freezing them.
If you wish to avoid refreezing cucumbers, the best option is to portion them beforehand or flash freeze them as individual pieces.
This way, you can grab just the right amount of cucumbers that you can consume in one go.
Do Cucumbers Freeze Well?
Yes, cucumbers freeze well and is a great way to preserve their summery freshness for long.
Although the cucumber may lose its water content upon freezing, it can still taste as great as fresh ones after freezing.
But keep in mind that the cucumbers can get mushy once they thaw and won’t taste great in salads.
Especially if they have been sliced too thinly, they can deteriorate much faster. So, frozen cucumbers are best used as flavor enhancers in water or smoothies.
Yes, you can freeze cucumbers as a whole but it is best to cut them up based on how you plan to use them later on.
Keep in mind that the cucumber can dry up and be soggy once frozen, so cutting it after thawing might not be the easiest thing to do. So, the best option is to cut them up beforehand.
Yes, you can freeze cucumber pickles. You can freeze cucumbers in brine solution or any other recipe you prefer.
The key is to make sure that they are stored in freezer-safe air-tight containers with enough room at the top to accommodate any expansion.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store cucumbers.
If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing hacks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you.
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