How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Snacks

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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

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. 

Step One

You can slice the fresh cucumbers with a knife evenly or use a Salad Shooter like this one: Presto 02910 Salad Shooter Electric Slicer/Shredder

How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Health Benefits

Step Two

Now, you spread the freshly sliced cucumbers evenly over your dehydrating racks. My whole house smell like cucumbers, it smells wonderful. 

How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Snacks

Step Three

Place the racks into your dehydrator, my Excalibur states we need to set the temperature at 125 degrees. Today these took about 4-5 hours. The drying time will always depend on the humidity in the room where you are drying your food. 

How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Snacks

How Do I Use Dehydrated Cucumbers?

1. They make a healthy snack

2. Puree the dried cucumbers into a salad dressing

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

4. Perfect for your morning smoothies

5. They make a great soup add-on

Amazing Health Benefits Of Cucumbers:

  • High in antioxidants
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties-they help cool inflammation in our bodies
  • Can manage stress because they are high in multiple B vitamins like B1, B5, and B7
  • Fiber rich and make you feel full longer
  • Cucumbers are made up of about 95% water so fresh cucumbers are a great food to help us stay hydrated
  • Place a slice in your mouth-they may help get rid of odor-causing mouth bacteria

Which Dehydrator Should I buy?

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

I know several people who love their Nesco, they are cheaper and work great for them. 

Dehydrating Cucumbers by FSM
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
 
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1-6 wash, thinly 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 them. 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. I set my Excalibur Dehydrator set at 125 degrees. **with the humidity today it took about 4 hours to dehydrate them. The dehydrating time will always depend on the humidity in the room where you are drying them. Dry them until they are leathery.

How To Make Cucumber Powder

You just need some dehydrated cucumbers to make cucumber powder. This is another way to preserve those fresh cucumbers. Dehydrate them and then make powder.

I use my blender or my Magic Bullet to grind the dehydrated cucumbers into powder. I store the powder in jars such as shown or small mason jars with my favorite Ball White Lids.

It’s so simple and takes up very little space on you pantry. Please remember, do not use your FoodSaver because the powder may be sucked up into the accessory hose and damage your unit.

Final Word

Please let me know if you dehydrate cucumbers, I love to hear from you. This is one more way to preserve food from our garden or from a farmer’s Market or even the grocery store. 
 
Please stay well, stay safe, and keep prepping. May God bless this world, Linda

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37 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Cucumbers-Amazing Snacks

  • August 13, 2015 at 7:57 am
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    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!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 8:53 am
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      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

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  • August 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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    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!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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      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

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  • August 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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    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…

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    • August 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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      Hi Karen, you would love it because you can make a powder with them and sneak in more veggies wherever we think of to add them! Linda

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  • August 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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    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!!!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      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

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  • August 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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    I bought mine through Kohls with a 30% discount

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    • August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Jan, thanks for the tip on the 30% discount a Kohl’s. I am going to post that, thank you! Linda

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  • August 15, 2015 at 1:34 am
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    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.

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    • August 15, 2015 at 10:39 am
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      Lauralee, oh my gosh, I have got to try radishes! I love this idea! I love radishes if they are not too hot! Thanks for this great tip! Linda

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  • August 17, 2015 at 4:48 am
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    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.

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    • August 17, 2015 at 6:41 am
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      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

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  • September 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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    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.

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    • September 24, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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      I store mine in quart jars and remove the air with my FoodSaver. They will last about a 6-9 months because they are not commercially preserved. I love them!

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  • October 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm
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    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.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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      Hi Christine, mine are crunchy. I need crunchy too! I hear you! Linda

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  • October 14, 2015 at 12:30 am
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    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 ..

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    • October 14, 2015 at 10:34 am
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      Hi Mark, I love that tip on the leftover Ragu! I freeze mine, but I like the idea of dehydrating it! Thank you! Linda

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  • February 25, 2016 at 6:06 am
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    How long will dehydrated cucumbers last if left in an unsealed mason jar?

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    • February 25, 2016 at 8:09 am
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      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

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  • July 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm
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    I’m thinking dehydrated cucumbers would be great for ‘chip’ and dip(?). Are they crunchy enough?

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    • July 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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      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

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  • July 16, 2017 at 2:43 am
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    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

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    • July 16, 2017 at 7:50 am
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      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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  • March 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    I just recently received a dehydrator for a gift. I have done kale, and apples…I thought I would try zucchini today…so all set, sliced, slightly salted, in the machine looking all yummy and healthy…I took a picture, texted it to my friend who replied….”Isn’t that cucumbers?” Checked my receipt…Yes! I bought cucumbers…so it is nice to see that it will be all right! and edible!

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    • March 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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      Hi D, oh my gosh, I love it! The cucumbers make great snacks when dehydrated!! Have fun dehydrating, it’s so fun! Linda

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  • August 31, 2018 at 11:58 am
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    New to hydrating how do you make your cucumber and oil dressing

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    • September 1, 2018 at 7:17 am
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      Hi Ray, I make a simple salad dressing with 3 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon white vinegar (or Balsamic vinegar) and add salt and pepper. If you want a different flavor you can add a few finely crushed dehydrated cucumbers. I hope you like it, my family loves it. Linda

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  • September 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm
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    Thanks Linda will try this

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  • September 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    After doing many searches for a dehydrator, I finally settled on a commercial model with 10 trays which I found at WebstaurantStore.com. Here is the link: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-cfd10-ten-rack-stainless-steel-food-dehydrator-with-removable-door-1000w/177CFD10.html I have made a lot of beef jerky in this machine and it works very well & it’s less expensive than the Excalibur. I haven’t had it but for maybe 4 months, so I still look up how to dehydrate certain things cause I’m new at this, but love that I have found you for advice and uses for my dried goods. What do you suggest as the best storage for them? So far, I’ve been putting things in Mason jars and using my food saver to pull the air out.

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    • September 21, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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      Hi Janet, oh my gosh!!!! I LOVE this dehydrator! I would have bought that one for sure!! It’s stainless steel, it has ten trays and a timer. The price is fantastic and the reviews are awesome! This is for sure a REALLY good purchase! I use mason jars and my FoodSaver to remove the air. I do not use oxygen absorbers because I try to eat the fruit and vegetables within a year. After taking my Master Preserver and Canning Certificate class I learned what I had assumed. The food we process ourselves is good for about a year. This works for me because I can dehydrate the vegetables I need from my garden and use them within a year. I also buy vegetables that I can use in soups that are frozen and are on sale to dehydrate rather than storing them in my freezer. Oh, I love that you bought this one!! It’s amazing, have fun dehydrating!!! Linda

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  • December 4, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    While the freezer is still a great place to keep foods, I like the fact that dehydrated food in jars means using shelves as storage which can potentially be much more than your freezer can hold plus if the power goes out, you’re good and set with a supply of edibles.

    Second thing is that I notice everybody keeps coming back to using dried and powdered food in soups, breads, muffins, to make dips, energy bars or as seasoning.

    I really need to get one for our kitchen. That and a Food Saver and jars. I think canning is great, but too much for us here to handle…. at least initially.

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    • December 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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      Hi Frank, I totally agree with you. This is why I have a few dozen dehydrated posts coming up. I really believe we need to dehydrate our food and put less in the freezer. We can do this, Frank, Linda

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  • December 4, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    That would be great Linda. Here is a webpage or website that has a few reviews of the various FoodSaver models and one by Ziploc.

    https://sealthatfood.com/foodsaver-v2244-advanced-design-vacuum-sealer-review/

    I don’t know where the line is between occasional or light use and heavy use occurs, but even an inexpensive one would be useful and allow us to get started. I kind of lean towards the portable, battery powered units marketed towards hunters. Of course batteries and a charger (solar or a solar panel) would have to be part of the purchase plan. Kohls is pricey and they only had one model tonight, but my local Academy Sports sells a few models and they have reasonable prices and lots of sales. I’m still reviewing different models.

    What I really need help with is picking out an appliance that can grind foods and even turn them to powder. I’d like to process wheat into flour and make dehydrated, powdered foods, herbs and seasonings. Maybe you can address a simple and effective setup. And I’m considering a butter churn or the ability to make butter at home.

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    • December 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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      Hi Frank, that $49.00 FoodSaver has an accessory port and you need that to seal mason jars. That’s an awesome price. I use my Magic Bullet to grind dehydrated food into powder or my blender. They would not be good for wheat grinding. Linda

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