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Thursday, September 8

Green Light (Roll Deep)

We canned so. many. pickles. this year......if I never see another cucumber, it may be too soon.  See - our gardens got some strange memo that only the cucumber seeds were allowed to germinate this year.  No okra, tomatoes, strawberries....not even one zucchini...such a strange year.  

After multiple rounds of pickle canning, and a slight greenish tinge at the mere mention of pickles, I went off in search of new things to do with cucumbers.  Here are three of the best ones...


Cucumber Chips
  • 10 lbs cucumbers
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, chili pepper, salt, pepper ---  choose your seasoning!

  1. Wash, peel and slice cucumbers to an equal thickness.  Slice as many chips as your dehydrator will hold.
  2. Put the chips into a solution of apple cider vinegar and then spin them dry in a salad spinner.
  3. Place the spun chips onto the dehydrator and sprinkle with sea salt and dried dill. (Add smoked paprika, chili peppers, garlic salt, etc. if you’d like to add a bit more pizzazz).  Dehydrate 6-10 hours, depending on thickness.
  4. When chips are dried, peel the chips off the dehydrator.  Eat some and place the rest in mason jars for further eating!


Frozen Cucumbers for Beauty
  • To freeze cucumbers, just wash, slice, put on a lined baking sheet, and put in the freezer.  Flash freeze, and then store them in a freezer bag. 
  • To make infused water, put cucumber slices in a pitcher of water.  You can also add things like mint or berries.  Let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours before drinking. 
  • To soothe tired eyes, take two slices and place over your eyes.  The temperature coupled with the enzymes as they thaw will do wonders!


Frozen Cucumbers for Snacking

  • 7 c. thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 3 med. onions, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tbsp. salt

  1. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Put in containers and freeze. 
  2. This is a great side dish in the middle of winter. Just defrost to serve.


Do you have anything to add to this list?  How else should we finish out this year's crop?
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