The best ways to store raw cucumbers

Updated February 21, 2017

Raw cucumbers taste best when they are crispy and fresh. Unfortunately, cucumbers can start going off quickly when improperly stored. This means that you must eat them promptly to prevent them from starting to rot in your fridge or find a new way of storing the cucumbers. Fortunately, it is possible to store cucumbers so that they stay fresh even after more than a week.

Cling film storage

Wrap the cucumber in cling film and then put it into the fridge. Keeping the cucumber wrapped minimises the amount of moisture on the cucumber, which slows the process of decay. After wrapping, putting the cucumber into the fridge will keep it cold enough to stay fresh for one week to 10 days.

Paper towel wrap

A paper towel is another option for wrapping up the cucumber. Raw cucumbers surrounded by a paper towel are kept dry due to the absorption of water and moisture by the towel. Putting the cucumber into the vegetable crisper of the fridge while surrounded by the paper towel will help keep the cucumber fresh as the moisture level is lowered. It also allows the cucumber to last longer than a week.

Ideal temperature

When storing raw cucumbers, the best temperature is cool but not frozen. Cucumbers do not freeze well, so temperatures below about 4 degrees C (40F) are not a good option, but a high temperature should also be avoided. Too cold or too hot and the cucumbers will go bad. Keeping them around 5 degrees C (41F) or so will keep them as fresh as possible and allow them to last at least a week.

Cut cucumber

The storage of cut cucumber varies depending on how it is cut. In general, storing it in a sealed container or wrapping it tightly in cling film or foil is the best option. If cut into slices, put them in a container with a lid. This prevents them from drying out during storage. If only the end is cut off, cover it with foil or cling film or store it in a container as preferred.

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Helen Jain has been writing online articles since December 2009 for various websites. She has studied English and psychology and hopes to get a Ph.D. in English in the future.