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caracroft

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Essex
  • 3 Saddlebacks and 12 Copper Black Chickens
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Over run with cucumbers!!!
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:51:44 pm »
Help Please!!

I have now got 7 cucumbers that I had to pick and they are all over 15 inches long!!!   

I need some ideas other than salad before they start going soft!!!

Can you pickle normal cues like gherkins - can you do a sweeter pickle or relish that can be stored for  the year??

thank you for any suggestions ( now Im off to pickle my chillies and dry my tomatoes)

Cara



Bert

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Isle of Mull
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 07:05:15 am »

Simon O

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Bonkle
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 09:09:52 am »
Or sell to friends and workmates - they taste so much better than shop ones
 

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 09:50:03 am »
I tried giving some of our extras to workmates Simon, but it sort of back fired - it turns out none of them were used to mis-shapen vegetables!
 
One lassie looked very embarrassed and then asked where you put the batteries!  :innocent: 
« Last Edit: September 02, 2013, 09:54:12 am by Womble »
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 09:53:52 am »
Oh, and I brought in some extra courgettes the other day:
 
"What's that?"
 
"It's a Courgette"
 
"What do they taste of?"
 
"Courgette"
 
"I don't think I like vegetables"
 
 :roflanim:
 
 
It's almost as good as when Mrs Womble was at the supermarket the other day and the chap on the checkout asked "Excuse me, but what exactly IS this?". "Er, it's called a leek", replied my Mrs....  ;D
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

bloomer

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  • leslie, fife
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Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 09:55:15 am »
if its ever a problem again i will always collect, home grown cucumbers actually have some flavour...


as for pickling they tend to go soft if stored too long but if sliced and layered with some slivers of red onion and covered in white wine vinegar they are yummy for a month or more, (they never last that long here)



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Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 10:47:49 am »
You need my OH who can sit and eat a cucumber from end to end!!
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Ina

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Aberdeenshire
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 11:58:18 am »
You can also stuff them and cook like marrow.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2013, 10:42:41 pm »
See my other post - marrow and ginger jam should work with cucumber.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2013, 08:25:33 am »
I remember years ago my aunt cutting them into rings and stuffing those with cottage cheese and then putting them in the freezer. At the time I didn't like either cu or cottage cheese so it wasn't a hit with me but make worth trying.
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caracroft

  • Joined Apr 2013
  • Essex
  • 3 Saddlebacks and 12 Copper Black Chickens
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Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2013, 09:26:35 am »
Hi Sorry for the delay in replying.

Thank you all so much for all your suggestions - I will be busy in the kitchen now lol!!!

The Jam sounds nice btw Ina.

Cara  :pig:

ArosP

  • Joined Jul 2012
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2013, 09:59:49 am »
Look up Sarah Ravens Garden book Sweet cucumber pickle. If you cant get it i will type it up later Its lovely

Jackie 2

  • Joined May 2010
  • North Killingholme
Re: Over run with cucumbers!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 08:40:06 am »
http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-Your-Overgrown-Cucumbers-Candied-Cinnamon-Pi/


My friends in the US make this and Im trying it this year.


The lime stuff is called Chuna in Indian stored or on ebay

 

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