According to my mum, temperature and humidity should be considered when it comes to storing cucumbers. Below are some methods on how to store cucumbers.
- The best temperature for storing cucumbers is cool temperature-they should not be kept frozen. Cucumbers don't freeze quite well, so storing them at temperatures below 40°F is not advisable, but it is important to avoid storing them under very high temperatures (Not above 70°F). Storing them under extremely cold or extremely hot temperatures can make them go bad. Keeping them within 41°F or so will help keep them fresh for at least one week. Consequently, some people suggest keeping them on counters. This can be done when temperatures are between 41°F and 70°F.
- Keep the cucumbers wrapped in plastic wraps and store them in your fridge. The moisture content of the cucumber is reduced by wrapping them in plastic wraps. And this makes decay process slower. Keeping the wrapped cucumber in the refrigerator will make them cold enough to remain fresh for about ten days. There is a better way: wrap the cucumbers in the paper towel, then put them in the plastic bags. This equally helps the cucumbers stay fresh for as long as two weeks.
- The methods of storing raw cucumber can differ depending on how you cut your cucumber. Place them in a container that has lid if they are in slices. This will ensure it does not dry out while in storage. If it is still in one piece, with only the end cut off, use a plastic wrap or foil to keep it covered or store in a container depending on your preferences.
One More Important Point To Note
- Cucumbers are quite sensitive to ethylene, a naturally-occurring gas that speeds up the ripening process of fruits (and leads to quick spoilage). Therefore, make sure you keep them separate from your bananas, melons, and tomatoes, which are all known to produce ethylene in high amounts.
Below are some dates to make references to as regards your cucumber and their country of origin, which matter a lot on how to store cucumbers). Past printed date are the lasting time.
Whole fresh cucumbers-last for seven days
English cucumbers-last between 7 and 10 days
Japanese cucumbers-last between 7 and 10 days
Persian cucumbers-last for seven days
Pickling Cucumbers-lasts from one week to two weeks
Sliced cucumbers-lasts from one to two days.