Thursday, July 8, 2010

Carnival #175 - Freezer Cucumbers

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Mmmm cucumbers, fresh, cool, delicious, and at this time of year, abundant. If you planted cucumbers this year, you are likely harvesting them by the dozen. If you don't garden, your local farmers market is the place to go to enjoy the bounty of the season.

Cucumbers are wonderful in so many ways, but there is a limit to how many you can eat fresh. While these beauties are in abundance, it is time to preserve some of them to enjoy through the rest of the year. One of my favorite ways to do that is by making Freezer Cucumbers.

I was a little leery of this recipe when it was first given to me. I adore a good garlic dill pickle, but normally am not too fond of other pickle flavors, and the whole idea of a frozen cucumber seemed odd to me. That summer though, I was literally swimming in cucumbers, and willing to give almost anything a try. I am so glad that I did.

This recipe produces a light tasty side dish that I enjoy year around. The cucumbers are not super sweet, and they retain more of that summer cool crisp than a pickled cucumber. I often take these to potlucks, and almost always return home with an empty bowl.

Freezer Cucumbers
2 quart sliced cucumbers
2 TB salt
3 medium onions sliced
Mix and let stand 2 hours. Then rinse thoroughly.
1 1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C vinegar
Heat enough to dissolve sugar. Add 1 tsp. celery seed. Cool, pour over cucumber mixture and freeze.

Stephanie is a mom, homeschooler, homesteader in the hills of West Virginia. Find more of her adventures at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.


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  1. Now that sounds like a good recipe! I think even I (who's never canned before) could do this :)

  2. I've always wanted to do this but never have yet. My freezer (and deep freeze) are always too full!

  3. That looks tasty! I love cucumbers in most every form.

  4. WOW..I would have thought freezing them and then thawing them would turn them a bit mushy. Cool alternative to pickling.

  5. My cucumber plants didn't make it this year.

    I'll be trying this next year, unless some kind family members or friends decide to pass along some extra cukes! Then I'll try it this year!


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