In a cucumber quandary
Too much of something is never a bad thing, right? Wrong. For gardeners an overabundance sometimes brings the worry of seeing the fruits (and veggies) of your labor spoil before they can be eaten. Ok, I’m not really the gardener. I simply watch the garden grow after its planted by my husband and children – kind like that Mary, Mary Quite Contrary gal in the nursery rhyme. She just kind of watched it, right? Or maybe I need to brush up on my children's stories. Anyway, I'm no Mr. McGregor (remember him...the gardener who Peter Rabbit frequented to swipe the ripe stuff.) When our garden is bursting, my family members pick it and I feed it to them in various forms.
Tomatoes come out of the garden and you can use them in salads, soups, on sandwiches or other dishes. You can freeze them for later use. Peppers can be cooked in many dishes or eaten raw in salads or for snacks. Same for the carrots, potatoes, zucchini, snow peas. But one veggie is not quite so versatile and I find myself saddened that I can’t possibly use all that bounty – cucumbers. You don’t cook them. They don’t freeze well. That limits you quite a bit.
So far, I’ve used them regular tossed salads, a tomato/cucumber salad with Italian dressing, I’ve pickled them by tossing them with oil, vinegar and sugar and letting them marinate in the fridge. I’ve eaten them plain or with dip. I’ve made plates of a favorite little appetizer where you place one on a Ritz cracker or small piece of bread topped with cream cheese, then add a cucumber slice and sprinkle it with dill. I’ve used it as a sandwich and hot dog topping. I’ve made bowls of salsa with the cucumbers and garden fresh tomatoes. I haven’t done the sour cream/cucumber sauce that I have enjoyed on gyros, but the last time I got a gyro at an area eatery, I added some of my own fresh cucumbers to the sauce. I’m kind of out of ideas. Got a good recipe using cucumbers? Let us know.
Oh, P.S. I've been getting the cucumbers from my father-in-laws garden since ours it really too small to grow them. I don't know what he's got in his soil, but they are SuperCucumbers! Look at the size of the cuke and zucchini in the picture below.