How to Keep Sliced Cucumber Fresh

You can enjoy the crunchy taste of cucumber in a variety of ways. This moisture-rich healthy vegetable is best consumed fresh, and can be sliced and added to green salads, sandwiches, vegetable platters and relish trays. You should cut only the quantity of cucumber that you can consume, as cucumbers like most fresh produce are highly perishable. However, once cut, you can use the correct storages techniques to help retain the flavor and prolong the shelf life of sliced cucumber.

Instructions

    • 1

      Place the sliced cucumber in an airtight container, or wrap thoroughly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Cucumbers have high moisture content and should be covered to retain the moisture content and prevent depletion and degradation.

    • 2

      Store the cucumber in the refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for around three days.

    • 3

      Regularly check the cucumber slices during storage for signs of limpness. Use the vegetable immediately if it begins to turn limp and discolored.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid storing cucumbers alongside ethylene producing fruits such as apples, mushrooms, honeydew melons and tomatoes. Cucumbers absorb ethylene, which can cause them to discolor and turn yellow.
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