Ideal temp: 50-55℉
Cucumbers last longer at room temperature. Stored below 50 degrees, they're prone to developing chilling injuries (soft spots and decay). If you want to enjoy a chilled cucumber, or your house is very warm, limit it to at most three days in the fridge. Keep them towards the front of the shelf, where temperatures are warmer.
Cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes the certain foods to ripen very quickly. Be sure to keep your counter-cukes separate from fruit and tomatoes. Storage life: 7-14 days.
Cold marinated salads
Sandwiches (avocado cucumber)
Bagels with lox
Raw in green salads
Chilled pureed soup and gazpacho
Crudités with hummus, ranch or other dip
Cold pasta/noodle salad
Pickles (quick, vinegar, lacto-fermented...)
Cocktails (Gin, Vodka), limeade
Sorbet, Popsicle, Granita
PAIRS WELL WITH:
Avocado, cream cheese, yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, chevre, feta, ricotta, Dijon mustard, grilled fish, tuna, smoked fish, pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, scallops, crab, seaweed, rice, Bulgar wheat (tabbouleh) soba/rice noodles, lemon/citrus, pineapple, coconut, tomatoes, sweet corn, peas, green beans, carrots, celery, roasted bell peppers, chiles, scallions, shallots, onion (red), garlic, toasted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame), capers, olives, olive oil, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, peanut sauce, vinegars (red wine, rice wine, sherry balsamic, apple cider, white), dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, sugar, gin.