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Cucumbers are a wonderful addition to your summer garden or greenhouse. We happen to live at an extreme altitude at over 7000′ in western Wyoming so growing cucumbers in the garden is very tricky. It can be done but a person needs to add season extenders on both ends of the growing season.

Drying Cucumbers

Please Note: I just loaded my small 3-tray dehydrator with a fresh batch of cucumber slices in less than 10 minutes……the cucumbers were sliced while they were still warm from the greenhouse! This method is so fast and so easy. Drying cucumbers for chips makes a wonderfully healthy and delicious snack food!

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Here is a sneak peek of the end results…….

This is a stack of dried cucumber chips which are a perfect alternative to high fat potato chips; cucumber chips are handy to add to sack lunches and to take when travelling, hiking, camping or backpacking.

Please read on, as it literally only took 10 minutes to prepare and load 3 fresh, greenhouse cucumbers into my dehydrator. Superfast, super-easy way to process cucumbers into a super healthy snack!

What to Do with all those Cucumbers???

Cucumbers in Greenhouse

I find it is easier to simply start my seeds indoors and then transplant my cucumber plants into large pots in the greenhouse.

We live at 7000 feet so it is challenging to grow frost-sensitive crops like cucumbers in our vegetable garden. This is where our small greenhouse comes in handy.

Cucumbers are perfect for container gardening in a greenhouse, patio or balcony. Just remember that the vines do sprawl so you will need to provide some type of support.

I like to use wire cages and bamboo stakes that encourage the cucumber vines to grow up instead of sprawling on the ground.

Just as a side note on growing greenhouse cucumbers: It is so important to have some type of ventilation in your greenhouse to discourage powdery mildew or any other diseases. Air circulation is very beneficial, especially for cucumbers.

Now that you have your cucumber plants growing, they will soon begin to flower and then, wow…..all of a sudden you have lots of cukes! And, then more, and more and even more……..remember the 10 minutes that it takes to load your small dehydrator. This is a very worthwhile endeavor!!!

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Seasoned Cucumber Crisps

~Drying Cucumbers~

First of all, gather 3 to 6 cucumbers from your garden, greenhouse, local farmer’s market or grocery. Simply wash with water to ensure the cucumbers are free from dirt.

If you are using cucumbers from the grocers make sure to rinse with a vegetable wash like Earth Friendly Products Fruit and Vegetable Wash to remove any debris.

Next, slice your cucumbers about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick and arrange on your drying rack so that the slices are close together but not touching.

Air circulation is vital as it allows the cucumber crisps to dry thoroughly especially around the edges.

I like to spray a light coating of either avocado oil or olive oil on my dehydrator trays as this makes it so much easier to remove the dried cucumber chips when they are crispy.

Now, comes the seasonings part. You may season with whatever you wish or you may simply dry your cucumber slices without any additional seasonings.

The easiest seasonings are simply Pink Himalayan Salt and Vegetable Pepper.

I experimented with Simply Organic Ranch Salad Dressing Mix and Simply Organic Dip Mix, French Onion plus a little paprika.

Just sprinkle a small amount on each slice. Then, repeat with each tray. I have an American Harvest Dehydrator very similar to Nesco American Harvest GardenMaster Electric Kitchen Food Dehydrator

Fill your trays with cucumber slices, season with your choice of spices and then follow the instructions for your specific dehydrator. I dried my slices overnight at 135 degrees or for approximately 6 hours.

Quick Note: it is a good idea to flip all the cucumber slices over once or twice as they are drying to make sure they all dry evenly.

Your chips should be crisp and crunchy when they are thoroughly dried.

 
 

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Take a test cucumber crisp out of the dehydrator, let it cool, and then taste to see if it is crispy enough.

Once all your cucumber slices have dried, you will need to store them in a dark, cool place. I like to put my crisps in glass jars with screw-on lids.

For short term storage, I pack my cucumber chips in glass jars with a recycled (from vitamin bottles) Silica Pillow Pacs.

These Silica Pillow Packs help to keep the chips dry and fresh. Do not throw your vitamin silica pillow packets away.

Make sure the are dry and then reuse in your dehydrated cucumber chips.

Dried Cucumber Chips are can be stored in glass jars with recycleable Silica Gel pillow packs which help keep out the moisture.
Cucumber Chips Packed in a Jar with a reusable (vitamin bottle) Silica Gel Pillow Packet

For longer storage, I vacuum seal my jars with this system:

Food Saver Mini Plus Vacuum Packaging Sealer System Kit

Food Saver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer and Regular-Mouth Jar Sealer Bundle

Once your jars are filled and sealed, simply pop them on your pantry shelf and step back and smile!!! Well, done……

Cucumber Chips are healthy and delicious; they are a perfect alternative to high calorie potato chips.
 Cucumber Chips are a perfect alternative to high-calorie potato chips.

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4 Comments

  • Patricia
    April 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    You mentioned a small greenhouse, did you build it yourself or is it storebought? If it’s from a retailer can you give me some info on it?-Thanks!!–P/

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    • Original Homesteading
      April 19, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Patricia, we purchased our greenhouse kit and then assembled it on location. I have photos of our greenhouse on my website. We actually did a cost-share program through our local Soil Conservation District which is part of the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). Look to see if you have any type of programs around you. I have included the link to my greenhouse post. Thanks for writing! Happy Growing!

      Greenhouse Gardening for Beginners

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  • Lisa Lombardo
    July 16, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Congratulations! I featured your post on Farm Fresh Tuesdays this week! I have never tried dehydrating cucumbers, but now I want to. 🙂

    I bet they would taste good with a little dill weed on them. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Original Homesteading
      July 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      I appreciate your hard work bringing the Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop to life each week!!! Thanks for featuring my post on dehydrating cucumbers.

      Reply

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