Don't worry about wasting those crisp garden cucumbers with these tips!
How to choose a tasty cucumber
Personal preference plays a role in your choice. Some people prefer more mature cucumbers with slightly thicker skins for added crunch, while others like younger, more tender cucumbers. Click here to read our quick guide to choosing great tasting cukes.
Cucumbers should be stored in the fridge to prolong their life. If you need to store them for a short time on the counter, place them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Excess moisture can accelerate spoilage so place cukes on a paper towel or keep them in a breathable container. Courtesy Better Homes & Gardens
Tips for storing cucumbers
- Keep them cool: Cucumbers are sensitive to heat and can deteriorate quickly if exposed to high temperatures. Store them in the coolest part of your refrigerator, preferably at temperatures between 45°F to 50°F.
- Avoid moisture: Excess moisture can lead to mold and spoilage. Wrap cucumbers in a paper towel or place them in a perforated bag to absorb excess moisture. This helps to prevent them from becoming slimy. Do not store them in an airtight container - cucumbers like to breathe a bit, and airtight containers create condensation which triggers breakdown and slime. Use a mesh produce bag or something that allows for a bit of airflow.
- Don't wash before storing: Washing cucumbers before storing them can introduce moisture and promote spoilage. Only wash them right before using.
- Separate from ethylene-producing fruits: Ethylene is a natural gas that some fruits emit, and it can accelerate the ripening and spoilage of cucumbers. Keep cucumbers away from ethylene-producing fruits like tomatoes, bananas, and melons.
- Use the crisper drawer: The crisper drawer in your refrigerator is designed to maintain optimal humidity levels for storing fruits and vegetables. Place the wrapped cucumbers in the crisper drawer to help maintain their freshness.
- Avoid direct contact with metal: Cucumbers can react with metal, causing them to spoil more quickly. Store them away from metal surfaces or containers.
- Check regularly: Periodically check your cucumbers for any signs of spoilage or mold. Remove any cucumbers that show signs of going bad to prevent them from affecting the others.
- Use within a week: While cucumbers can stay fresh for about a week if stored properly, it's best to use them within this timeframe to enjoy their optimal taste and texture.