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Cheap, Easy Cucumber Recipes

Posted By Jeff Yeager On August 13, 2012 @ 9:23 am In Money Talk | Comments Disabled

[1]I always associate the dog days of summer with cucumbers [2], particularly the oversized, rather tough cukes that you can usually find dirt cheap this time of year at farmers markets and pick your own farms [3]. With the tender cucumbers of early summer giving way to zeppelin-sized cukes of the late summer harvest, now through mid-September is the time to keep an eye open the biggest cucumbers you can find.

See also: More Summer Produce Recipes [4]

Lots of people turn up their nose at cucumbers nearly the size of footballs – “too tough,” they say – but I love them, in part because cucumbers are usually priced by the cuke, rather than by the pound [5]. So don’t be shy. Pick out the biggest, toughest looking cucumbers you can find, and then try serving them in these two delicious, inexpensive, easy to make recipes.

Stay cool [6]this summer with this no-cook chilled soup.

Cold Cucumber-Yogurt Soup 

  • 2 cups cucumber (peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped)
  • 1 quart plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then adjust for salt and pepper. Refrigerate overnight or until thoroughly chilled.  Garnish with thin slices of cucumber and/or fresh dill or mint, if desired.

Steamed Cucumber with Dill

Steaming tenderizes tough cucumbers and makes a delicious cooked vegetable, just like its cousins in the squash family.

  • 1 colossal cucumber
  • 1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dried or fresh dill (minced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthways, then scoop out and discard the seeds. Cut the flesh in half inch thick slices, like little half-moons. Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan, then add cucumbers and cover with a lid.  Steam until the water has evaporated and the cucumbers are starting to get slightly translucent (about 5-10 minutes). Stir in butter and dill and continue to cook over low heat just until butter is fully melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

So next time you see a cucumber the size of a watermelon, take advantage of some late summer savings [7]by bringing it home your kitchen and trying these recipes. Bon appe-cheap!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Yeager [8]

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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dscn2981.jpg

[2] cucumbers: http://recipes.aarp.org/search?st=cucumber&commit=

[3] pick your own farms: http://blog.aarp.org/tag/pick-your-own-farms/

[4] See also: More Summer Produce Recipes: http://www.aarp.org/food/recipes/info-07-2012/10-summer-produce-recipes.html

[5] by the pound: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.html

[6] Stay cool : http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2012/12-ways-to-stay-cool-and-save-money.html

[7] summer savings : http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-05-2012/summertime-savings-tips.html

[8] Jeff Yeager: http://www.aarp.org/money/experts/jeff_yeager/

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