Can you freeze Cucumbers? 14 Ways to Freeze, Preserve and use them

Cucumber is one of the widely cultivated vegetable in the world, its related to both squash and melon families, and is technically a fruit. It’s actually 90% water, but still provides you many precious health benefits.

how to freeze cucumber and make different recipes

If you have extra cucumbers, this summer, we recommend not letting them go to waste, as they can easily be frozen and preserved for the winters to be share with your family, friends and loved ones.

There are lots of traditional methods which people use to preserve this fruit and fail to retain their texture and deliciousness, though if done correctly, cucumbers can freeze quite well.

Editor’s Recommendation: If you have got extra tomatoes, then check out these easiest and coolest ways to preserve Tomatoes to use them later.

Keeping this thing in mind, we intend to share possible ways for freezing cucumbers and use them later as a delicious addition to a salad, yummy smoothies, pickles and more. But first, start with freezing cucumbers.

Freezing Cucumber [Popular Brine Method]

You can freeze fresh whole cucumbers right from the garden by directly storing them in the freezer. They will get ice on them, simply put them in air tight container, glass jar or a bag. If you just defrost them, they will turn soggy. You can follow the steps for freezing sliced cucumber in the right manner.

  1. Get organic Cucumber 1-2 inches in diameter and 4-6 inches in length.
  2. Wash and remove any wax on them. You can use detergent to remove wax from inorganic cucumbers.
  3. Peel the Cucumbers. Make sure to cut them into thin slices using a knife or food processor.
  4. Take a large bowl, put cucumbers with chopped onions, add 2 tablespoons of salt and mix them. Wait for 2 hours and wash well with cold water, drain the water and return back to another clean bowl.
  5. To the bowl, add 2/3 cup of oil, vinegar, sugar (each) and 1 teaspoon of celery seeds. Mix well, cover them and refrigerate for a whole night.
  6. Pack the above cucumber mixture in the salty water (brine) in airtight glass jars or plastic containers, leaving about 1 inch of head space.
  7. Freeze it. Wait for at least one week before defrosting and eating.

This is the best way to freeze cucumber. The Cucumber preserved using bring method will last several months in the freezer without losing its texture and deliciousness.

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The good thing is that using these frozen cucumbers you can make lots of recipes. Why don’t you check them:

Relish and Delicious Frozen Cucumber Recipes

Cucumber Smoothy Recipe

1. Blueberry Frozen Cucumber smoothie recipe

blueberry cucumber smoothie receipe

You’ll Require:

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Cucumber or 2 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 Cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 Cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

How to Prepare

You just need to throw all the ingredients in, mingle until it gets smooth. Your smoothie is ready!

2. Smoothie Without Banana Recipe

smoothie without banana receipe
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Ingredients You’ll Require:

  • 1 cup frozen cucumber cubes
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • 1 cup frozen zucchini cubes
  • 2 cups leafy greens
  • 1 frozen avocado slices
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ice cubes
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • Superfoods  (Cocoa powder, Maca, and Chia)

Add 3 cups of water and through all ingredients in and blend until smooth. It will make two 16 ounce smoothies and that will keep you full for hours.

3. The Cleanse – Green Cucumber Detox Smoothie Recipe

The Cleanse Green Cucumber Detox Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1″ of grated ginger (frozen)
  • 1/2 Lemon, Peeled
  • 1 Small Handful of Cilantro
  • 1/3 cucumber frozen
  • 1 Small Handful of Parsley
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Apple (Optional)


Add all the ingredients into blender, peel the lemon, and blend until smooth.

4. Mango Banana Cucumber Smoothie

mango banana cucumber smoothie

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 cup water


Add all the ingredients into the blender, and blend until you will get a smooth and delicious smoothie.

Cucumber Juice Recipe

Refreshing and Detoxifying Cucumber Apple Juice

cucumber and apple juice

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 1-2 frozen cucumbers
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 lime

How to Prepare

You need to juice the apple and cucumber in a juicer. After that, squeeze fresh lime into it and juice is ready to drink.

Apple Carrot Cucumber Ginger Juice

cucumber carrot apple juice

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 4 Apples
  • 8 Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 inches of Fresh Ginger Root


  • Chop Apple into 1/4s and remove the core.
  • Chop ginger into 1
  • Wash and soak carrots (Soaking carrots can help you to get more juice)
  • Use 3-4 pieces of cucumber.
  • The juicing order is 1 apple, 2 carrots, few pieces of ginger, a piece of cucumber.
  • Once done, refrigerate it and enjoy the juice.

Quick Quencher Pineapple Juice

Quick Quencher Pineapple Cucumber Juice

Ingredient You’ll Require

  • ¼ pineapple
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 lemon


  • Just wash all the ingredients. Peel Pineapple, and Lemon.
  • Peel Pineapple, and Lemon.
  • Now add all the ingredients to the juicer, mix it and enjoy your healthy juice that helps you to lose weight.

Food Babe’s Turmeric Cooler Juice

Food Babe's Turmeric Cooler Juice

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 2-inch piece of turmeric
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce
  • 1 lemon with peel removed
  • 1 cucumber with ends removed


  • You need to wash all the vegetables and then put them into a large bowl
  • Now juice all the vegetables in the following order – turmeric, romaine, carrots, lemon, and cucumber
  • Before serving, stir the mixture.

Cucumber Juice Recipe

Bread and Butter Pickles

cucumber bread butter pickles

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 5 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1½ teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric

Preparation for cucumber Bread and Butter Pickles

  • You need to combine cucumbers and salts in a bowl.
  • Cover and chill for 1½ hours.
  • After that, you need to transfer cucumber into a colander and wash under cold water.
  • After draining it completely, return the cucumber back into the bowl.
  • Add onions to the bowl and toss with the cucumbers.
  • Now combine white vinegar, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds, brown sugar, ground turmeric, and celery seeds in a saucepan.
  • Now heat the ingredients over medium heat and stir until all the sugar dissolved.
  • Add hot vinegar mixture over cucumber mixture.
  • Keep the mixture for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Cover and refrigerate the mixture 24 hours.
  • Store all the mixture into an airtight plastic bowl or container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Red Hot Cinnamon Cucumber Pickles

Red Hot Cinnamon Pickles
  • 7 cucumbers
  • 1 cup pickling lime
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring (optional)
  • Water to cover cucumbers
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup
  • 7 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 packages Red Hot candies
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7 pieces whole cinnamon stick (optional)


  • Day One: Peel the cucumbers and cut into 1/4 slices. Now add 3 or 4 cups of lime in a large bowl and stir. Try to use a ceramic or glass bowl. Let the ingredients stand for 24 hours.
  • Day Two: Drain the cucumber and rinse them properly to remove the lime solution. Now again add cold water and add ice to it. Repeat this process again and again after every 3 hours. You need to remove all the lime solution from the Cucumber.
  • Day Three: In a large bowl, add 1 tablespoon red food coloring, 1 cup of white vinegar. After that add 3 or 4 cups of water and stir. Add cucumber into the water and add more water. Now bring the water to a simmer for 2 hours. Make sure that the water doesn’t evaporate, as it can burn the cucumbers.
  • On the side, make the Red Hot Cinnamon syrup by mixing 2 cups of water, 2 cups of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt, 7 cups white sugar, and 2 packages of Red Hot cinnamon candies. Heat to simmer and stir until all the ingredients are dissolved completely.
  • Now drain the cucumber and rinse. After that in a bowl, add Red Hot Cinnamon syrup and let them stand over the night
  • Day Four: In the morning heat the Red Hot Cinnamon syrup and cucumber mixture to a simmer. Now put the mixture into a canning jar with leaving 1/4 headspace open.
  • Lastly, add the stick of Cinnamon into each jar and cap the sterilized canning lid.

Dill Pickle Recipe

Dill Pickle Recipe

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • Cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp Dill leaves
  • 1-2 Whole heads of Dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon Peppercorns
  • 2 Whole Garlic cloves
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sea Salt or Preserving Salt or Kosher Salt
  • Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
  • Preserving Jars


  • Sterilize your Jars and keep them in the cool air before adding ingredients into them.
  • Wash the Cucumbers and start adding them into the jars.
  • For each quart of pickles, you need to add two whole garlic cloves, half tablespoon peppercorns and lots of dill.
  • Now you need to prepare the brine. For that, you need to heat one quart of white vinegar with two quarts of water along with a half cup of salt. Let the brine cool, until warm and then start adding the brine into each of the jars (less than 1/2 inch)
  • Screw the lids on the jar. Make sure the lid is not so loose, otherwise, the content of the jar will leak out.
  • Place the towel or metal, preserving rack at the bottom of the pan and place the jar inside.
  • Cover that, jar with hot water and boil for 15 minutes. After that, take out the jar of the water.
  • Allow the jars to cool.
  • Allow the brine to mix with ingredients in the jars for at least 2 weeks before start eating it.

The good thing about this pickle is that it can be used for 2 years if you keep the jar in cool place.

Cucumber Soup Recipe

Creamy Cucumber Soup Recipe

creamy cucumber soup

Ingredients You’ll Require

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups peeled, thinly sliced and seeded cucumbers, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  • In the saucepan, you need to heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic, stir, until 2-4 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and cook for one minute.
  • Add 3 or 4 cups of cucumber slices, salt, broth, cayenne, pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and stir gently until cucumber gets soft.
  • Transfer the soup to a blender. Add parsley and avocado and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into serving bowl and stir in yogurt.
  • Chop the 1/4 cup remaining cucumber slices.
  • Serve the Soup. Don’t forget to garnish the soup with chopped cucumber and parsley.

Vegan Cucumber Soup

vegan cucumber soup

There are plenty of Detox Soup Recipes are available for weight loss and all but this one is my favorite.

What You’ll Require

  • 2 medium cucumber, grated (or very finely chopped)
  • 1/2 white onion, grated
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of EVOO
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped


  • Grate the onion and cucumber, toss them in the soup pot.
  • Add one cup of the water and boil it for ten minutes.
  • After that move it to a blender or food processor and mash it.
  • At the port and add 4 cups of milk.
  • Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir to avoid lumps.
  • Boil it for 5 minutes.
  • After that add green pepper, paprika, salt, and EVOO.
  • Stir to mix and serve hot.

So these are some of the best recipes which you can prepare using frozen Cucumber. There are some other recipes that you can also prepare using Frozen Cucumbers quickly

  • Make a Cucumber Dip
  • Eat them whole
  • Flavored Ice Cubes
  • Use as Salad
  • Lemonade Cucumber Spa Popsicles
  • Use Cucumber for Skin Tightening

Editor’s Suggestion: If you’re wondering to grow radishes? Check out our detailed guide on how to grow radishes.

Now it’s your turn to freeze the cucumber and use them in different juice, smoothies, soup and cucumber pickle recipes. You can also share your frozen cucumber recipes other than discussed above, in the comments below.

by | Updated: September 24, 2016

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