Fried Cucumbers, Refrigerator Pickles, Cucumber Dip, & More!


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It’s that time of year again when my garden is overflowing with cucumbers! Such a delicious fat-free treat, and there’s so many ways to make them scrumptious!

My favorite – slice them up into sour cream. An old-fashioned family favorite is marinated cucumbers with the sweet/tart taste that vinegar and sugar gives. AllRecipes.com provides a simple recipe.

FRIED CUCUMBERS

If you love fried green tomatoes, you’ll love fried cucumbers. The taste is between fried zucchini and green tomatoes. Slice them thin, dip in an egg wash, coat in flour and fry in a little oil or margarine. (Don’t use butter, it will make them burn). I’ve also chopped them when the cucumber is too large to fry. Remove the seeds first and use only the meat of the larger cucumber.

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Don’t throw away the cukes that have grown so big –there are ways to use them too!  How about a cucumber boat or dip? Greek yogurt plus finely chopped cucumber, onion and garlic makes a great dip to go with zucchini fries. How healthy is that?

healthy tuna salad cucumber boat! lassens.com | lassensloves.com:

Cucumbers stuffed with chicken salad -via Pinterest

 

REFRIGERATOR PICKLES or “QUICK PICKLES”

Did you know you can slice cucumbers into your current jars of dill or sweet pickles? They’ll take on the flavor and be even crisper! You can also make your own and it’s so easy to do. Simply slice your cucumbers into a bowl, boil a solution of vinegar and spices, pour it over the cukes and then put them in jars. Seal, and store in the refrigerator. They will last up to three months, if you don’t eat them up first. Jack Show, in the video below, calls them the “lazy man’s pickles,” perfect for those small batches to make quickly- only five minutes of prep time!

 

These pickles have the bread-and-butter taste. Below are some great recipes for other flavors!

Garlic Dill Pickles

Spicy Dill Pickles

Cucumbers are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, according to some sources. MedicalNewsToday.com says, they are “naturally low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.” They help provide hydration for your body inside, and reduce puffiness and act as a cooling agent on the outside.  Eating cucumbers also reduces your risk for bone fractures and cancer according to this article.

And if that’s not enough – cucumbers have numerous other fun and weird uses around the house. Did you know?

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