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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,937
    And this is sooo delicious ..,

    Sweet cucumber pickle

    2lb cucumber
    1 large green pepper
    2 large onions
    2 oz salt

    ½ pt cider or wine vinegar
    8 oz soft brown sugar
    ½ tsp ground turmeric
    ¼ tsp ground cloves
    ½ tsp celery seeds
    1 dsp mustard seeds

    Wash cucumber but do not peel.
    Peel onions.
    De-seed pepper.

    Thinly slice all prepared vegetables and place in a large bowl.
    Add salt and mix well.
    Cover and leave to stand for at least 3 hours.
    Rinse vegetables well, in a colander, under running, cold water.
    Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

    Place in a large pan, add vinegar (I usually use ordinary white distilled vinegar) and bring to the boil.
    Simmer until vegetables are soft, about 20 mins (well, I found it a bit longer).

    Add sugar and spices to the pan, stir to dissolve and boil for a further 10 mins.

    Pour hot pickle into hot, sterilized jars and cap immediately with sterilized lids.  


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,226
    Yes @ShepherdsBarn cucumbers in soup. I make it every year for the winter with Beth Alpha Cucumbers. Use the Cucumbers like you would courgettes,  minus the seeds in the middle. I add mine to any other veg and potatoes I happen to have chopped small and add a chicken or beef stock cook until tender then box up and freeze. Very easy and no waste. 😁
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,492
    And this is sooo delicious ..,

    Sweet cucumber pickle

    I can certainly vouch for the above recipe - it's well worth a go :):)
  • Thank you everyone!
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,588
    Having a glut after being away I was looking for ideas about what to do with them. Came across an article that stated cucumbers do not like the cold and putting them in the fridge makes them deteriorate faster and so should be kept at room temperature.
  • Thank you ... Iwill give it a try! 😃
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,492
    They will do for a while in the fridge but the best way I've found is to keep them in the pantry - cool, dark and open to cool air from the cellar.
    Not everyone has that option of course but it works well for me  :)
  •  I have burpless cucumbers I grow every year.I find that they keep harder not being in the fridge but in a cool cupboard. Once I use one I keep the rest of it in the fridge but not in the crisper part. it does go a bit softer in the fridge.
  • That's interesting ... thank you, I'll try it. 🙂
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,067
    The smaller they are, the quicker they’ll start to shrivel,  the skins haven’t hardened enough.
    I’ve kept then on a sheet of kitchen roll in the fridge for over a week.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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