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    Storing Cucumbers - This worked! :-) Thanks!

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    Dorie's Lori
    Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:48 pm
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    I can't take credit for this - I read it somewhere here, and now I can't find the thread - but I did want to share this great idea that worked, and thank whoever posted it...

    I wrapped my cucumbers in saran wrap and they DID NOT go limp, even after 10 days. Amazing!

    (Say... Is there any compilation of hints like this?)
    Annie H
    Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:59 pm
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    Thanks for the tip! At the height of veggie season it's nice to be able to keep some of my precious veggies good for long periods of time.
    FLUFFSTER
    Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:16 pm
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    You can also wrap the cucumber in a paper towel, even if you have used some of it. Mine will keep for at least 2 weeks like that.
    Elisa72
    Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:12 pm
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    Sorry for being stupid, but after wrapping in saran wrap do you refrigerate them? I'm assuming you do...
    FLUFFSTER
    Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:09 pm
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    Hi everyone! The produce manager at my local Albertson's told me that if you run a cucumber under very hot water for about 15 seconds, then place in the fridge, the cucumber will last quite awhile. He told me that's what they do before putting them out in the market. I haven't tried it, as I am so happy about the paper towel tip that I posted a while back. If anyone tries it please let us know.
    Dorie's Lori
    Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:39 pm
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    Elisa72 wrote:
    Sorry for being stupid, but after wrapping in saran wrap do you refrigerate them? I'm assuming you do...

    I do always keep my cukes refrigerated.

    Although, if I needed space in the fridge, I don't consider them among the most perishable items. But, I'm pretty sure they would last longer refrigerated. Most produce will last significantly longer in the fridge. Even tomatos, although I do try not to refrigerate those due to noticable loss of flavor. Hmm... wonder if the same flavor loss might be true for other items, like, say cukes icon_confused.gif ???
    Cookin' Mommy
    Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:53 am
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    I take them out of the plastic baggie when I get home from the store and put them in the crisper draw. If that is to full I will leave them out on the kitchen table. After they are sliced or cut, in a Ziploc food storage bag they go.
    Michelle Berteig
    Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:57 pm
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    Another similar tip is to store celery wrapped in aluminum foil. I've tried it and it keeps fresher much longer than just leaving it in the plastic bag.

    I've also heard about (but neven't tried it myself yet) storing strawberries and other berries in a screw-top glass jar in the refrigerator. It's also supposed to keep them much fresher longer.

    Michelle
    FLUFFSTER
    Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:10 pm
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    I posted a tip about how to store cucumbers a couple of months ago, I think it was anyway. Last night when I went to make hubby's salad, I went into my veggie bin, and saw a paper towel wrapped "something". You know the one, it's where you screw your face and pick it up gently and pray that it won't get on your hands?LOL! I hate that. Anyway, it turned out to be a cucumber that I had used, it had to be 3 weeks, because we go to a produce store for most of out fruits and veggies. We hadn't gone there in 3 weeks. I'm sold. Hope this helps someone.
    domesticatedmom
    Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:40 am
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    From experience in having worked with food prepping here's a good way to keep lettuce, carrots, celery and green peppers crisp and fresh. #1 never cut lettuce it bruises and turns brown. Tear your lettuce into a sealable container and cover with cold water and refrigerate. To use just take out what you need put it in the strainer to drain excess water and you have crisp lettuce for salads ect. Slice your celery, carrots and green peppers julienne style and put into sealable containers cover with water and refrigerate. Great for salads and to serve with dips or even in stir fry's. Its my kitchen secret !
    Missy Wombat
    Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:32 am
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    domesticatedmom wrote:
    From experience in having worked with food prepping here's a good way to keep lettuce, carrots, celery and green peppers crisp and fresh. #1 never cut lettuce it bruises and turns brown. Tear your lettuce into a sealable container and cover with cold water and refrigerate. To use just take out what you need put it in the strainer to drain excess water and you have crisp lettuce for salads ect. Slice your celery, carrots and green peppers julienne style and put into sealable containers cover with water and refrigerate. Great for salads and to serve with dips or even in stir fry's. Its my kitchen secret !

    Grab the lettuce, bang it on the bench and pull the heart out icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif . then put it in something with a little cold water in the bottom. Lasts for ages.
    Chef #1358340
    Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:50 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I also store my mushrooms in brown paper bags that has had air hole punch into them and then refrigerate. They last a rather long time this way. now I do not have soggy spoiled mushrooms.
    Chef #1385503
    Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:19 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Wow! I was searching for a solution to keeping my cucumbers fresh and found this article. This really works for me!
    Would this also work with fresh peppers from the garden?
    If I don't use them quickly they get soft.
    Thanks for the great info.
    FLUFFSTER
    Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:51 pm
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    You are very welcome!I know how grateful I feel when someone gives me a good tip, especially with the prices of food these days. I store my bean sprouts (like in Chinese food) in a paper bag and they'll last for about 3 days. If you're up for a few more tips, I'd be glad to give you some more.Welcome to the Zaar! It's great site. A friend of mine has just started her own site, if you're interested check out
    www.KittencalsKitchen.com She's a great person! She has tons of recipes here, Kittencal is her username. Take care, Huggs Fluffster!
    muffinlady
    Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:22 pm
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    icon_smile.gif For a lot of vegies I cut jullien style and freeze on a small tray. and when frozen put in freezer bags. Keeps for months. icon_wink.gif
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