Cucumbers are sensitive to chilling injury at temperatures below 45 degrees F. Cucumbers are mainly water; once harvested they tend to shrivel very fast, making them more difficult to store with good quality.
Cucumbers stored in a location above 50 degrees will continue to ripen; however, they tend to turn yellow.
Cucumbers do best with cool, moist storage; store cucumbers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or loose in the crisper portion of the refrigerator to absorb the humidity of the surrounding air. Cucumbers will hold their quality for 10 to 14 days.
Cut cucumbers can be securely wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for 2 or 3 days.
Cucumbers do not freeze or dry very well. Therefore, pickling is the best way to store young cucumbers for a long time.
There are two basic types of cucumbers: slicing (both "English" and "Slicing") cucumbers which are normally eaten fresh; and those grown specifically for pickling. However, any of the cucumbers can be pickled for different tastes and textures.
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