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Cucumber is a popular vegetable that is widely available in the supermarkets. Cucumbers are great in salads and sandwiches. Most adults either like cucumbers or are simply indifferent to them. Very few people dislike cucumbers – unlike, let’s say, broccoli :) Cucumbers are crispy, mild-tasting, nutritious and don’t need to be cooked – what a great vegetable!
One problem with cucumbers, however, that they don’t usually last long once you bring them home. Have you ever had cucumbers spoil after just a few days? It will not happen to you ever again if you follow my strategy for properly storing cucumbers to keep them fresh longer. So, how should you store cucumbers?
First of all, never store cucumbers on the counter. It’s the tomatoes that are stored on the counter, NOT the cucumbers. If you store the cucumbers on the counter, they will get soft and yucky in 2 days! Cucumbers must be stored in the refrigerator.
If you put the cucumbers in the refrigerator, that will extend their life by a few days as opposed to storing them on the counter. However, they still won’t stay fresh for more than 5 days unless you use the secret I’ll describe below.
What are the common ways people store cucumbers in the refrigerator? One way is in the plastic bag. Unfortunately, in about 3 days the cucumbers will start getting slimy in that bag – yuck! Another way is without a bag. Well, the cucumbers in the refrigerator without a bag will start getting wrinkly and soft, and their taste and texture deteriorates.
So finally, what is my secret for keeping cucumbers fresh longer? Here it is: wrap each cucumber individually in a paper towel, then put all cucumbers wrapped in paper towels inside the plastic bag. Put the plastic bag with the cucumbers in a refrigerator. That’s it! It works like magic – the cucumbers will stay perfectly fresh for the whole week!
Here are the pictures how to prepare cucumbers for storage so they stay fresh:
Put cucumber in the center of a paper towel:
Wrap cucumber in a paper towel:
Put wrapped cucumbers inside a vegetable plastic bag:
Now don’t forget to put the bag with wrapped cucumbers in the refrigerator. You are set! Enjoy your fresh cucumbers!
For a delicious way to eat cucumbers, check out my easy recipe how to make cucumber lemon salad – it’s so yummy and refreshing, you will love it!