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Wondering if you can freeze cucumbers? Here’s what to know about whether this crunchy vegetable holds up over time.

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Got cucumbers on hand and not sure what to do with them? It can be hard to use this entire vegetable while it’s fresh. Often, we’ll buy a cucumber with high hopes, only to still have it on hand at the end of the week. Does it work to throw it in the freezer? Here’s what to know.

Can you freeze cucumbers?

Freezing cucumbers destroys their crunchy texture and once defrosted, they become soggy. This is because cucumbers are 96% water, which expands while the cucumber freezes and changes its structure. Frozen thawed cucumbers shouldn’t be eaten raw, but they work in blended recipes like smoothies, juices, or cold soups.

Avoid freezing cucumbers if you can help it, especially if you’re planning to eat them raw or in salads. Thawed cucumbers can work in recipes where they’re broken down like smoothies, juice, gazpacho, or even tzatziki if you blend or grate them before freezing. However, it may affect the texture of the end product, so proceed at your own risk. A better way to preserve cucumbers? Use them in cucumber salad or pickle them!

How to freeze cucumbers

A cucumber lasts about 1 week in the refrigerator in the produce bin. The best way to save a cucumber beyond that point? Try it in recipes like a batch of cucumber salad: the vinegar in the dressing preserves the cucumbers for up to 7 days. Or make refrigerator pickles to extend their life for up to 1 month!

But if you don’t have time to make salad or pickles, you can freeze cucumbers! Again, only use them in blended recipes. Here’s how to freeze cucumbers:

  1. Slice the cucumbers into rounds.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the cucumbers on top in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container or sealable freezer-safe bag. If using a bag, use a straw to suck any remaining air out of the bag and seal it. Mark a “Use by” date 3 months in the future.
  4. Place in the freezer and freeze up to 3 months.
Can you freeze cucumbers

Tips for how to use frozen cucumbers

Frozen cucumbers can be used right from the freezer in cooked dishes: no need to defrost! But if you’d like, you can defrost them overnight in the refrigerator. Here are a few tips:

  • Use frozen cucumbers only in cooked dishes, like smoothies, juice, and cold soups like gazpacho. Don’t use them raw in salads because the texture is soggier after freezing.
  • Frozen cucumbers can be added right to blended dishes: no defrosting is required. Or, you can defrost the cucumbers by placing them in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Use within 3 months. The flavor can degrade the longer it is frozen. For best results, use it within 3 months.

Ways to use raw cucumbers

In many cases, it’s easier to make a recipe with leftover cucumbers than to go to the trouble of freezing it. Here are a few of our top cucumber recipes for using up raw cucumber:

Other freezing methods

Not sure whether you can throw things into the freezer? Here are a few more tutorials for preserving foods:

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Can you freeze cucumber

Can You Freeze Cucumbers?


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Wondering if you can freeze cucumbers? Here’s what to know about whether this crunchy vegetable holds up over time.


Ingredients

  • Cucumbers

Instructions

  1. Determine whether to freeze the cucumbers. Frozen cucumber has a watery texture once it’s defrosted, and should only be used in blended recipes like smoothies and gazpacho. A better way to use up cucumbers is in recipes like cucumber salad or dill pickles.
  2. To freeze the cucumbers, slice them into rounds. (Or, you can puree or grate them before freezing if you plan to use them in a dip like tzatziki.)
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the cucumbers on top in a single layer. Flash freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Transfer to a sealable freezer-safe bag. Use a straw to suck out all extra air, then seal the bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Use directly in smoothies or cold soups, or you can also thaw them before using by placing the cucumbers in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!