How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Health Benefits-Uses

How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Health Benefits-Uses

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Today it is all about how to dehydrate cucumbers. I recently did a dehydrating class right here in St. George, Utah at a local kitchen store. It was so fun to hear the people talk about what they have been dehydrating. I love the fact that I can dehydrate most fruits and veggies when my garden is overloaded. Sometimes I purchase more veggies at the grocery store than is feasible to eat in the short term and they just sit in the refrigerator.

I have decided I need to start dehydrating them when that happens so they don’t go to waste.

Dehydrate Cucumbers:

How to Dehydrate Cucumbers | by FoodStorageMoms.com
You can slice the cucumbers with a knife evenly or use a Salad Shooter like this one: Presto 02910 Salad Shooter Electric Slicer/Shredder
Here is the finished product:

How to Dehydrate Cucumbers | by FoodStorageMoms.com
I snack on these and throw them into salads……no chemicals or preservatives. Just slice and dehydrate. They are ready for a snack, camping or a salad. Have you tried dehydrating pineapple?

How To Use Dehydrated Cucumbers:

1. as a healthy snack

2. puree the dried cucumbers into a salad dressing

3. throw into any fresh garden salad-they add some yummy crunchiness

4. throw some into your morning smoothies

5. they make a great soup base

Amazing Health Benefits Of Cucumbers:

1. they are high in antioxidants

2. they have anti-inflammatory properties-they help cool inflammation in our bodies

3. they manage stress because they are high in multiple B vitamins like B1, B5  and B7

4. they are fiber rich and make you feel full longer

5. cucumbers are made up of about 95% water so fresh cucumbers are a great food to help us stay hydrated

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6. place a slice in your mouth-they may help get rid of odor-causing mouth bacteria

I recommend Excalibur Dehydrators

Decide what size dehydrator will work for your family. I bought the 9 tray with a timer because I knew it would last me for years. I like having a timer because I can set the timer and go to bed and it turns off automatically. Some people only need a four tray. Once you start dehydrating, trust me you will never waste food again. This is the one I have: Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black

Here are a few other choices that work great: Excalibur 2900ECB 9-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black (has a timer). This one is great but does not have a timer but is still a great machine: Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black

Jan (awesome reader) mentioned she got her dehydrator at Kohl’s with a 30% discount!! WooHoo!

Ingredients
  • 1-6 Sliced Cucumbers
Instructions
  1. This recipe is for any amount of cucumbers that you want to dehydrate. It is very simple and easy to dehydrate cucumbers. Wash, dry and slice your cucumbers and place on your dehydrator racks. No chemicals, no blanching….nothing to do but slice. This is an easy way to use up excess cucumbers in your garden or your refrigerator. They are yummy to munch on or add to a fresh garden salad.
  2. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator set at 135 degrees….**with the humidity today it took about 4 hours to dehydrate them.

Dehydrate pineapple

Comments

  1. I’ve always been interested in dehydrating food. Is there a particular model of the Excalibur Dehydrator you recommend? And where can I buy one? Thanks!

    • Hi Kay, I recommend an Excalibur with a timer. You can buy them on Amazon and most kitchen stores. Look for the size that works for you. You can buy small ones with 4 trays up to 9 trays. I will go put some at the bottom of post. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! Linda

  2. This is a totally new-to-me vegetable to dehydrate – but you can be sure I will, in my 1980’s model, rebuilt Excalibur. I love this machine! A question about the texture when hydrated – how well does the skin hydrate? I have dried zucchini and the skin has been really tough while the flesh was mushy. I guess the best way to learn is to try it, huh! Thank you for your awesome blog. I discovered it recently, and have looked forward to learning something PRACTICAL every day!

    • Hi Elaine, I love hearing your Excalibur was rebuilt! They rock those machines! I make sure when I am dehydrating the veggies that they are fresh because sometimes as we all know they can become quite bitter. I dry them until they are leatherly (somewhat pliable). Not brittle but not mushy either. I love to make powder with them to sneak in more veggies wherever I can. Blessings, Linda

  3. What an unusual idea, never considered dehydrating cucumbers,,, And you make it look easy… I have had a dehydrator for some time now,,, I just have not been motivated to use it… Will have to try this…

  4. I love dehydrating fruits and vegetables, but I never tried cucumbers! They are coming into their own here right now, so I’ll be trying this out! I love to dehydrate onions – slice with my V-slicer, separate the rings (otherwise it takes forever for them to dehydrate) and 24 hours later, they are ready! I crumble them up when I put them in the Ziploc bag so I get more in there, but you could keep the rings intact. I need to be bold and try Christy Jordan’s (southernplate.com) dehydrated ground beef!!!

    • Hi Susan, I love dehydrating everything I can get my hands on too! I love doing onions! I will have to check out the dehydrated hamburger…not sure I could do that one! LOL! Linda

  5. I bought mine through Kohls with a 30% discount

  6. Lauralee Hensley says:

    My Excalibur is like yours, but white. I’ve dehydrated thinly sliced radishes before. I put the slices in water that had a little lemon juice and salt though until I was ready to drain them and lay the out on the nine trays. I dehydrated them until they could be made into powder. My husband likes sprinkling the radish powder on salads or in some of his sandwiches. I don’t care for radishes myself. I need to try doing the dehydrating to cucumbers though.

  7. Kathy Miskelly says:

    I have cucumbers in dehydrator right now. Thank you for good ideas for uses. I have recipe for refrigerator pickles made from dehydrated cucumbers that I want to try too. Always a challenge as to how to use all the cucumbers when the garden comes in. Have had my Excalibur for years but mostly used it for dying herbs. This year thinking of other uses. I usually freeze from garden as I don’t pressure can. But dehydration seems to be a good alternative.

    • Hi Kathy, I totally agree with you on all the cucumbers from the garden! LOL! Let me know how your refrigerator pickles turn out, I would love to hear! The Excalibur dehydrators just keep on running, great investment! Hugs, Linda

  8. Once my cucumber chips are dehydrated what is the best way to store them for winter? I’m still picking fresh ones so I would like to store the chips for a few months.

  9. Christine says:

    Hi, Linda…
    I’ve been reading a few recipes for dehydrated cucumbers and came across yours. I love this idea!! Some of the recipes say that they’ll be leathery when done. Do you go further and go to crispy? I’m looking for crunchy, salty alternatives to potato chips… Must. Lose. Weight! LOL… I’m just thinking that leathery wouldn’t work, because I want the crunch.

  10. I only Have a 4 tray Nesco , I’ve had for Years used it pretty Steady for the “Normal” things …
    But This Year I’ve Been Putting It Thru Its Paces.
    One Of My Favorite things to Dehydrate is a Half A Jar Of Ragu (Use to Mold In Fridge)
    An Empty Nest is No Reason to Let food Go To waste You NEVER Know When You May Need It!
    I Love this Idea…Can,t take Cumbers in salad, but love them in my Water so they will Flavor my H2O all winter long
    Winter Is A Great time to Run your Dehydrator ..

  11. How long will dehydrated cucumbers last if left in an unsealed mason jar?

    • Hi Vicki, I would say six months at best. I only use them to add crunch to a salad or grind them to make a cucumber olive oil salad dressing. When we dehydrate food ourselves it has a very short shelf life. I dehydrate them when I have a surplus and eat them as snacks too! Have fun, they are a great snack! Linda

  12. I’m thinking dehydrated cucumbers would be great for ‘chip’ and dip(?). Are they crunchy enough?

    • Hi, Julie, you would probably have to slice them fairly thick or they would crumble. They are great for salads or making salad dressing but they are so thin they would crumble when scooping up the dip. You could try slicing them thicker, it’s the crumbling I would be worried about. Linda

  13. I have an Excalibur 2900ECB 9-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black. I live in the very humid south. Most days are 90% humidity. How much extra time should I allow for food to be crispy? I have tried cucumbers, mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. They never seem to reach that hard crispy state. I do not get moisture when I put them in zip lock bags so they are dehydrated , just not like I would like them to be

    • Hi, Gail, that’s a hard one for me because I have never lived in a humid location. It’s hard one even for me here living in the desert. Some cucumbers are moister than others and some are not so much. It’s all trial and error based on the room we have dehydrated them in. I just turn the thing back on until they food I’m drying is to my liking. Don’t you just love that Excalibur? It’s the best one on the market. Linda

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