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How to keep cucumbers fresh

ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 338
edited 20 July in Fruit & veg
We have just harvested our first mini cucumbers - Beth Alfa. I have noticed, after a day in the fridge, that they don't feel as fresh as they were - they begin to feel slightly soft. Has anyone else found this or is this a characteristic of these cucumbers? We have had supermarket cucumbers in the fridge for a week and they are usually still very fresh.
Any thoughts?
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  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 2,141
    Supermarket cucumbers are usually wrapped in polythene you could try wrapping yours in clingfilm and that might keep them firm. 
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 338
    Thanks @Uff, I will give it a try. 🙂
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,955
    Don't forget to make soup with them @ShepherdsBarn!
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 338
    Soup?! 😳
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514
    edited 21 July
    Maybe you’re harvesting them too small,  I took the first ones off a bit smaller, they did go soft quickly,  now I leave them to get bigger and they’re in the fridge for ages. 

    I haven't wrapped them in anything they're just in a little cardboard box.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 338
    Yes, I harvested mine at about 4-5" - I'll try leaving them to get a bit bigger. Mine weren't such a nice shape as yours ... they were a bit skinny!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514
    That was the size of the first few I took off,  not really much good, didn’t even have enough for a salad,  let alone my snails😀. You didn’t leave them to grow long enough 🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 338
    But I thought the Beth Alpha were mini cucumbers? 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514
    So they say,  but we’ve both found out what happens if you want to keep them for a few days.  Trial and error for me as well,  first year growing them,  I’ve never bothered with many veg. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,955
    Cucumber soup is delicious @ShepherdsBarn, there is a recipe on the Recipe thread and it freezes well for the winter. You can adapt it a bit more if you like with more herbs and spices.
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