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murphs_mom
06-23-2014, 02:56 AM
The onslaught has begun. The cucumbers have been behaving up until now; averaging one a day from the garden. I pulled five from there a couple days ago, DH pulled another four this evening, and (by best count) there are roughly 12 getting ready to ripen at the same time. Like in another 2-3 days. Normal people make the excess into pickles. I love pickles. But it takes me almost a year to go through one jar. DH and DD do not like pickles at all. We have the cukes chopped up in salads each night (LOTS of salad...the lettuce is beginning to bolt because of the heat), sliced and dunked in whatever dressing is handy, and sometimes sliced and served in a sour cream/dill concoction. I need more ideas!

Beans, tomatoes, spinach, herbs...most of the garden stuff can be frozen. Cucumbers are one of those 'now or never' foods. :(

Got any great recipes that use LOTS of cucumber?

A photo of girl in front of the cucumber nest (a hoop frame built for the cukes to grow over while the lettuce & celery stay in the shade beneath). She was quite proud of her purple carrot. :p

http://i.imgur.com/tq4jo2I.jpg

PoppinFresh
06-23-2014, 07:37 AM
We make a lot of cucumber salad. Basically you peel a cucumber and make a mixture of vinegar, sugar and and black pepper (can't tell you how much, it depends on your taste, you just have to play around with it) and there you go.

How are your cucumbers ready already? Ours are just started and we're further south than you! Well, I guess we did wait a bit longer than normal to plant this year, so that probably explains it.

PoppinFresh
06-23-2014, 07:38 AM
I also eat raw cucumbers, sliced, with a pinch of salt...I'll eat an an entire cucumber for lunch!

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
06-23-2014, 07:39 AM
Tzatziki (http://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/20543/tzatziki.html) (Greek dressing/dip)

Great for dipping vegetables or using in place of mayo for chicken salad. We put the chicken salad in pita pockets with sliced cukes and tomatoes.

rebjc
06-23-2014, 07:43 AM
Here is a post I wrote two years back with some links to cucumber recipes. The Golden Gleam: Cucumbers! {Outdoor Play Party} (http://www.thegoldengleam.com/2012/06/cucumbers-outdoor-play-party.html?m=1)

dbmamaz
06-23-2014, 10:38 AM
do you use relish? I found a relish recipe and I liked it so much I was pouring relish in to things I'd never put relish in before

Jen V
06-23-2014, 12:04 PM
What about using them to make beauty products for you & your family? Like a cucumber facial masks or scrubs? I did a quick search and found this article on 13 things to do with cucumbers (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-ways-to-use-cucumbers.html?page=2).

If the recipes aren't to your liking, at least it might give you some fresh ideas. :)

murphs_mom
06-23-2014, 01:04 PM
How are your cucumbers ready already? Ours are just started and we're further south than you! Well, I guess we did wait a bit longer than normal to plant this year, so that probably explains it.

I've got a cold frame for starting seeds. I started this set of seed back in late Mar./early Apr. I put those in the ground toward the end of April and kept them covered (using an old milk jug w/the bottom cut off) if it was going to get too cold at night. The seed that I direct-sowed at the end of April is just now producing flowers. I have two different cuke crops going. :)

Thanks for the recipe!

murphs_mom
06-23-2014, 01:07 PM
Great for dipping vegetables or using in place of mayo for chicken salad. We put the chicken salad in pita pockets with sliced cukes and tomatoes.

Sounds REALLY good! Do you know if the mint type matters much? I've got chocolate mint, spearmint, and catmint in the ground here...not sure which would work best. Definitely leaning away from the chocolate mint. :-/

murphs_mom
06-23-2014, 01:11 PM
do you use relish? I found a relish recipe and I liked it so much I was pouring relish in to things I'd never put relish in before

I like relish sometimes and it depends on the relish...some are too sweet or spicy...those are the ones I avoid. If it's a good relish, though, I will add it to deviled eggs, potato salad, and dogs/burgers.

bibiche
06-23-2014, 02:28 PM
Ooh, what I wouldn't give to have this problem! I was going to suggest tzatziki too. I would use the spearmint. And a good thick Greek yogurt. You could try it with dill too.

We use tons of cucumbers in warmer weather simply tossed with tomatoes, olives, French feta (well worth seeking out), onions (or not) and lettuce and some good olive oil. I also cut just the flesh into "spaghetti" (I use a mandoline, but easy enough to do with a knife) and mix with julienned carrots, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, basil, lettuce, scallions, and bun rice noodles (http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2009/04/vietnamese-noodles-101-bun-rice-noodles.html) tossed with nuoc cham (http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2008/11/basic-vietnamese-dipping-sauce-nuoc-cham.html). Very light and refreshing.

I just saw a recipe that looked interesting: grated (and drained) cucumber mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, mint and a bit of orange flower water.

And here (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/08/joanne-weirs-cucumber-and-feta-s/) is another simple cucumber salad recipe.

I'm jealous of your cucumber bounty!

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
06-23-2014, 06:12 PM
Sounds REALLY good! Do you know if the mint type matters much? I've got chocolate mint, spearmint, and catmint in the ground here...not sure which would work best. Definitely leaning away from the chocolate mint. :-/

Yes, spearmint. Cilantro would also be good.

Sweden
06-24-2014, 09:38 PM
It's clear you need to adopt a goat or some kind of a cucumber-loving critter. And, you're welcome, as I know this has been the most helpful post to date. ;-)

murphs_mom
06-24-2014, 11:09 PM
Oh, you have no idea how helpful. :)

I discovered that tuna goes amazingly well with cuke. Tuna boats are fun to eat (scoop the seeds from a cuke that's sliced horizontally and stuff w/tuna salad).

Mum
06-26-2014, 06:59 PM
When I was a kid we used to chop off the top, core the middle and fill it with ranch dressing. Then walk around the neighborhood eating it like a cone. The idea kind of grosses me out now... maybe it's a kid thing, in which case your little ones might like it.

I make a lot of black bean hummus (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-hummus/) in the summer. It's easy and delish with cucumbers.

murphs_mom
06-26-2014, 07:15 PM
We ate three for dinner last night, I still had nine in the fridge, and I picked another ten this morning. A couple were only about 8", but most were closer to 14". It's feast or famine with these damn things. And the tomatoes haven't even started. At least those can be frozen (like the beans) or canned. Cukes are so 'now or never'. :rolleyes:

I finally caved and posted them on freecycle and the local gardening group I belong to...even eating them like 'ranch cones', I'd never be able to make gone with all of them.

Deli76
06-26-2014, 09:40 PM
We make pita pockets with our fresh vegies. It is a good meal down here when its hot and humid. Chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, radish, lettuce, put it all in a pita pocket. Add some feta cheese and what ever dressing you like. So good!
We eat a lot of raw food. If you look on any raw food website, you can make a lot of "pasta" from cucumbers and "wraps". Here are a couple of sites, I hope you find something with cucumbers...
Raw Food Recipes - Recipes (http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/)
Raw Food Recipes (http://www.rawguru.com/raw-food-recipes/)
Recipes ?Raw Food Rawmazing Raw Food (http://www.rawmazing.com/recipe-archive/)
I forgot my fave site: http://www.fromsadtoraw.com/RawRecipes.htm

murphs_mom
07-06-2014, 01:48 AM
I think we've hit the tipping point into redonkulous: I picked 43 cucumbers just today. That's in addition to the 18 I still have in the fridge after giving away the better part of 50 cukes this week and eating more than a dozen. :_l:

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
07-06-2014, 07:20 AM
Time to start that farm stand! Carolyn's Cucumber Emporium! Buy one, get ten free!

JenRay
07-06-2014, 03:48 PM
I thought of you today Carolyn. I actually bought a cucumber. I'll think of you again when I make Gyro burgers with tzatziki sauce this week.

BerthaCardone
08-19-2014, 04:29 AM
I also eat raw cucumbers, sliced, with a pinch of salt...I'll eat an an entire cucumber for lunch!

Hmm, every one like eating something spicy. Cucumber slices with a pinch of salt, increases the taste of cucumber and nobody can stop by taking only single slice of it, if they had tasted one already.

Norm Deplume
08-19-2014, 08:54 AM
My gardening friends joke about giving away zucchini to friends by dropping it off at their doorstep, usually under the cover of darkness. But I'm feeling much more that way about cucumbers. I have like 5 in the fridge right now, and I didn't even plant any this year-- they've all been given to me!

We don't eat bread much here anymore, so I just stick cream cheese between two slices of cuke; an ersatz cucumber sandwich

murphs_mom
08-19-2014, 09:25 PM
We don't eat bread much here anymore, so I just stick cream cheese between two slices of cuke; an ersatz cucumber sandwich

Yeah, I did something similar for a while. I'd mix Ranch dressing mix or fresh dill into cream cheese and spread it on a cracker topped w/a chunk of cuke. Pretty good and quick snacky lunch.

Happy to announce that the cukes finally started dwindling down about 2wk ago. I still have about 25 in the fridge, but we're nearing the end. Lately, I've been fighting the tomato wars. Canning lots of pasta & tomato sauce and salsa. I think we gave away well over 300 cukes this summer. Crazy. Not complaining though.