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How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It

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author image Joanne Thomas
A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.
How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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The American Dietetic Association calls cucumbers a good source of vitamin K as well as vitamin C and potassium. With only 8 calories per half-cup, crunchy, fresh cucumbers are a good choice for a healthy snack and a nice, fat-free addition to salads. Because cucumbers are generally sold whole, and their high water content means that they deteriorate quickly after being cut, you may avoid purchasing them due to concerns about waste. With proper storage techniques, however, you can enjoy a cucumber for up to a week even after cutting it.

Step 1

How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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Cut only the amount of cucumber that you are going to use immediately with a sharp knife. The left-over cucumber will keep for longer if you leave it whole.

Step 2

How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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Tear off a piece of plastic wrap and place it over and around the cut end of the cucumber. Smooth the plastic wrap over the cut end so that there are no gaps or air bubbles between the plastic and the cucumber, and secure the wrap tightly around the sides of the cucumber. The wrap will stick to itself better than it will stick to the cucumber skin, so overlap the plastic for a tight seal.

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Step 3

How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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Place the cucumber inside a zip-top plastic bag, smooth the bag flat to remove the air from it, and then seal the top securely.

Step 4

How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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Place the wrapped and bagged cucumber on one of the upper shelves of your refrigerator, which should be no cooler than 40 degrees F. Store the cucumber in a part of the refrigerator that is away from any apples or tomatoes, which can cause it to over-ripen.

Step 5

How to Make a Cucumber Last Longer After I Cut It
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Use the rest of the cucumber within a week of purchasing it. When you unwrap the cucumber to use it again, slice off and discard about half-an-inch of the previously cut end. Even with careful storage, the very end of the cut cucumber will dry out a little while the inside remains crisp and crunchy.

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