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frozen cucumbers--any ideas?

DJHinAZ's picture

My fridge is really strange. Periodically I end up with frozen cucumbers. We have not yet figured out the magic placement of items to prevent this--every time we try something different, we still somehow end up freezing certain things. We have basically figured out that if we have stuff on the top shelf too close to the back, it somehow causes extreme cold on the bottom, where the cukes are. Please don't suggest getting a new fridge--I live in an apartment and don't own the fridge.

So. I apparently have two completely frozen cucumbers, and several partially frozen ones. These are the standard-type cukes, with the thick/waxed skin that I always peel off.

Are there any ideas for what to do with these? I'd rather not just pitch them (again)...

Biscuit's picture

(post #37441, reply #1 of 17)

Okay - this sounds weird, I know, but somewhere I had a cucumber martini.  And it was fabulous.  They took cucumbers, sliced, poured vodka over them, froze it, then used the cucumber-flavored vodka to make the martinis, garnished with some cucumber slices.


Very refreshing.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

sydkit's picture

(post #37441, reply #2 of 17)

Cucumber Soup - Serve hot or cold
Saute an onion, add a couple of cups of chicken stock, cut up cucumbers and simmer for about 10 minutes. Puree in the blender. Return to heat, add a pat of butter and a little cream and serve.

If serving cold, chill about 4 hours.

It's really very good. Try it, you won't be disappointed. I've served it to guests and no-one knows it's cucumber.

DJHinAZ's picture

(post #37441, reply #5 of 17)

Oh, now THAT sounds like it'll use up my cukes! I'll have to give something like this a try!

Gretchen's picture

(post #37441, reply #3 of 17)

Oh, Elway's makes a WONderful cucumber lime martini!!  YOu have to be very careful of it!  Made with Hendricks gin, which has a lot of cucumber drinks.


Personally, I think if it is frozen, it is not going to be useful in a recipe. My sister makes freezer pickles, but it starts with raw and then frozen.


Gretchen
Gretchen
DJHinAZ's picture

(post #37441, reply #4 of 17)

Interesting... but with two cucumbers (at least), I think I'd get VERY drunk... I'll keep this in mind and maybe try it with a small portion of the cucumbers!

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #37441, reply #6 of 17)

I think that was at 727 Pine, during the first Seattle MeanieFest.

~RuthAnn


~RuthAnn

Biscuit's picture

(post #37441, reply #7 of 17)

May be...I couldn't remember where, I just remembered what (g).  They were so good!

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

TracyK's picture

(post #37441, reply #8 of 17)

Oh, breakfast at 727 Pine, how I miss thee. :)


I was just telling someone today about the fab hotel deal we got for that trip. What fun we had!



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MadMom's picture

(post #37441, reply #10 of 17)

Wouldn't it be super to find another deal like that?  I remember getting the same deal for my kayaking group, and we came in after a week in the boonies without benefit of showers.  Gorgeous hotel, but they couldn't get us out of the lobby fast enough!  Oooooh, did we stink.  I think the first thing everyone did was head for a warm luxurious bath and/or shower.



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annieqst's picture

(post #37441, reply #11 of 17)

This is what I love about this forum. Whoddathunkit! A cuke martini!

Gretchen's picture

(post #37441, reply #12 of 17)

The one at Elway's is cuke and lime. I have been seeing a lot of recipes in Food and Wine ads, particularly for Hendrick's gin. Here are all you could want maybe.


http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cucumber+martini&aq=f&oq=


Gretchen
Gretchen
Biscuit's picture

(post #37441, reply #13 of 17)

You've just made my Mother's Day (G).

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Gretchen's picture

(post #37441, reply #14 of 17)

Oh, man.  The first time I had one was a sip of DDIL's, and I knew then I had to ration them. I have one  and done.  Move on to something where you can taste the alcohol and be forewarned!!  


BUT DO have a GREAT mother's day.


Gretchen
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annieqst's picture

(post #37441, reply #15 of 17)

:) !!

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #37441, reply #9 of 17)

make popsicles.

Lee's picture

(post #37441, reply #16 of 17)

I have no suggestions for your frozen cucumbers, but I have always read that the coldest section of most refrigerators is the bottom shelf.  Have you checked the temperature range of your fridge with a refrigerator thermometer?   

DJHinAZ's picture

(post #37441, reply #17 of 17)

It would make sense that the coldest section is the bottom... cold air sinks. And yes, we do have a thermometer in there. The problem is that we seem to freeze things randomly. It seems to be dependent on the arrangement of the food. Part of the issue is that it's a relatively tiny apartment-sized fridge, and we tend to keep the fridge relatively full. But we've also frozen stuff when it's relatively empty. Oh well.

I did make my soup this evening. It's chilling now, but even without time to let the flavors meld I thought it was pretty good! I sauteed an onion, added it to 3.5 of the cukes (chopped), added some chicken broth and dill, and whirred it up with my hand blender. I added some ground mustard and pepper, and some plain yogurt, whirred it some more, then added the remaining (unfrozen) 0.5 cuke that I had previously diced. I think it's pretty good!