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Karen Donnachaidh
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When I am away and can't tend the garden for four or five days, I always come home to find that my slicing cucumbers have gotten huge. I could save the seeds of a few since I'm sure the seeds are fully developed. I compost some that are starting to turn from green to yellow. What about the rest of them? Is there a way to use some of these in recipes?
 
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One of the most delicious things ever is chicken and cucumber stirfry.
 
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Could probably juice them as well.
 
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Chutney http://www.allotment-garden.org/recipe/7/vals-recipe-cucumber-apple-chutney/
Raita http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/traditional-indian-raita-242185
 
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Usually the seeds are too big and tough so I peel them and cut out the seeds.  Then I chop them for kimchi, pickles or even a salad.  If you have been wanting to learn to ferment, now would be a good time.
 
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Thanks! Those are all sounding delicious! I think the cucumbers at this size has a stronger, slightly bitter flavor so the recipe would have to be seasoned well to balance the bitterness.

What seasonings do you use in your chicken and cucumber stir fry, Tyler?

I do have a juicer. I use it mostly for tomato juice (V8-ish). I'd like to try juicing some cucumbers. I've loaned it out right now, but when I get it back I'll try some. Do I peel them first if they are large?

Fantastic sounds great! That allotment-garden.org also had a Cucumber and Pepper Relish recipe that sounded good too. Thanks.

Anne, I also have a Perfect Pickler (airlock/lid for a qt canning jar).I haven't used it much except for sauerkraut. Tried a yellow squash relish once that I wasn't too happy with the flavor. I need some better go-to recipes for it. I bet there are some here on the fermenting forum.

For cucumbers of "normal size" the recipe I love is for cucumber dip:
Peel and remove seeds from 3 med. cucumbers, cut into chunks and put in food processor with 1 med. onion, also peeled and cut into chunks. Pulse in processor until pea size pieces or slightly smaller. Drain in a collander, pressing to remove as much juice as you can. Add to 2 (8oz.) blocks of softened cream cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Chill. Serve with crackers or crusty bread.
 
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I use a little garlic, soy sauce, and I think fresh ginger would also be good.
 
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I've also used overly big cucumbers in curry - I put pretty much anything in curry.
 
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Thanks. I have garlic, soy sauce and fresh ginger. And I have plenty of cucumbers!
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Karen Donnachaidh wrote:When I am away and can't tend the garden for four or five days, I always come home to find that my slicing cucumbers have gotten huge. I could save the seeds of a few since I'm sure the seeds are fully developed. I compost some that are starting to turn from green to yellow. What about the rest of them? Is there a way to use some of these in recipes?


My local restaurant practically begs for the big cucumbers that are starting to turn yellow. The chef claims that they are sweeter, and less bitter. I accommodate him, because I love feeding my community. He makes really tasty pickles out of them. That makes it really nice for me, then I only have to pick the cucumber patch once a week.
 
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Thanks Joseph. Good to know. I've got salsa in the canner right now and I think tomorrow I'm doing pickles.
 
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This year on my lot, I had a lot of huge cucumbers. They love the shad and plenty of room to grow, so the way I usually do it is I plant cucumber seeds very closely, so that the leaves can have a dense foliage. Once flowering begins and you can see baby cucumbers, wait a week or a bit more and you'll get huge cucumbers. If you wait too long, they will turn yellow.

Once they turn yellow, I usually use it for seeds for next year. But the green larger ones are great for salads and such. It looks even better on a burger, having one slice of such a large cucumber, almost as large as a tomato, which makes a great conversation piece.

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Mariusz Olyruk wrote:But the green larger ones are great for salads and such. It looks even better on a burger, having one slice of such a large cucumber, almost as large as a tomato, which makes a great conversation piece.



Mariusz,
Your cucumbers look as big and beautiful as mine! Tomorrow I'm going to try a recipe I use for squash pickles and start one that I use for watermelon rind pickles. I'll let you know how it turns out.
 
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