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 Post subject: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:15 pm 
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My neighbor gave me 3 big cucumbers. I've been planning on making gazpacho for a picnic a week from tomorrow. I'm not sure that the cucumbers will last that long, and it seems silly to try to work through them before then only to buy more. Would it work to freeze them since I'll be blending them up? I get that freezing them will make them all soggy, but I'm thinking that in this case that shouldn't matter. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:53 pm 
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What if you blended them before freezing? I've never made gazpacho, so I don't know if this is a fitting suggestion. But perhaps that might do better to prevent texture issues.

My answer is entirely based on speculation and has not been tested in any way.

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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:08 am 
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Hmm. Good question. I guess it shouldn't matter since they're getting all blended up anyway. I make gazpacho all the time in the summer but it is always a day or two within going to the market.

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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:57 am 
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I would go for it. The main thing that changes is texture with watery vegetables, so if it will be blended, I don't see how it could be bad. This page all about freezing cucumbers is encouraging: http://www.green-talk.com/freeze-cucumb ... -use-them/


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:57 pm 
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Thanks everyone! Beanitarian, thanks for the link; that does sound promising. I'll give it a try and see how it goes.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:03 pm 
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There's a Serious Eats recipe for gazpacho that specifically calls for freezing the cucumbers, tomatoes, etc in order to soften the cell walls and release more flavor. I have tried it, and it is good. I also fully froze half the batch of veggies, and kept it in the freezer for another meal later. That worked out great too.

The explanation is here:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/08/how- ... ience.html
and the recipe link is at the bottom.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Thanks for the link to that fascinating article patricium! I did throw my cucumbers in the freezer, but then I ended up not going to the picnic, so I haven't gotten around to making my gazpacho yet, but now I'm super excited!


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:25 pm 
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I followed the Good Eats recipe (with about half the olive oil, cause wow, that's a lot of oil!) and it turned out quite nice. It's been a long time since I made or ate gazpacho, so I can't say if it turned out better for the freezing of the veggies, but it certainly did not harm anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Can I freeze cucumber for gazpacho?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:47 pm 
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Good to know on the freezing front. I will have to keep that in mind.

All that oil sounds like a lot, but it is what my standard recipe calls for. As long as I'm using a decent quality oil, it really does make the dish. (Also I'm not typically a heavy lol user)
http://www.food.com/recipe/real-spanish ... ain-242054

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