Got yellow cucumbers from the garden and don’t know what to do with them?
I know it can be difficult to throw away your homegrown produce.
But what if I say you don’t really have to go down that path?
You can still use these cucumbers!
In this guide, I will show you how to make use of your yellow cucumbers.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
What To Do With Yellow Cucumbers?
You can use your yellow cucumbers in many different ways.
They may not have the same texture or taste as the green ones, but they can still be used in a variety of dishes.
Here are some ideas on what to do with your yellow cucumbers –
1. Pickle Them!
Yes, why not?
Many people think pickling is only for cucumbers that are green in color.
However, this is not true!
You can also pickle your yellow cucumbers and use them in salads or as a side dish.
You will definitely feel the difference in taste, but that’s something expected in this case.
The yellow cucumbers might have a bland taste.
But once they are pickled, they will have a unique flavor that you will love.
2. Use Them In A Soup
Soups are always a great option when you are not sure what to do with overgrown or overripe cucumbers.
And cucumbers make for a great soup ingredient too!
They are high in water content.
This makes them perfect for soups as they help add more flavor to them.
Here are some suggestions for making soups with cucumbers –
- Cucumber, Tomato, and Basil Soup
- Spicy Cucumber Soup
- Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup
Cold cucumber soup is my favorite among these three.
I love how the cucumbers add a refreshing taste to the soup, making it perfect for summer days.
3. Use Them In A Salad
Cucumber salad is another interesting idea to use up those yellow cucumbers.
And the best part about it is you don’t have to worry about the crunchy texture.
Since you will be adding different ingredients to the salad, the overall texture will be great.
Also, it does make sense to use them in a salad, as you can use as much or as little cucumber as you want.
So, if you have a lot of yellow cucumbers to use up, this is the way.
And you can even store the salad in the fridge for later.
4. Make A Cucumber Juice
Cucumber juice is a great way to stay hydrated during summer.
It is refreshing and has a lot of benefits too.
You can prepare this juice each morning or have it whenever you feel like it.
And this is a much better option to utilize your yellow cucumbers.
So, here’s a quick recipe for you –
1. Take 2-3 yellow cucumbers (or just one if it’s too big) and wash them thoroughly.
2. Cut them into pieces and add them to a blender.
3. Blend until you get a smooth consistency.
You can add water if the juice is too thick.
4. Once done, strain the juice and add some honey or sugar for sweetness.
You can also add some chaat masala or salt to enhance the flavor.
And, of course, you may also use lemon juice or mint leaves for a refreshing taste.
But do drink it immediately or store it in the fridge for later.
5. Make Cucumber Raita
If you have never heard this before, cucumber raita is a popular Indian dish.
It is a cucumber yogurt salad that is perfect as a side dish or a main course.
And it is really easy to make too!
All you need is chopped cucumbers, yogurt, and a few spices.
Mix everything, and your raita is ready!
You can serve it cold or even at room temperature.
I like to serve it cold with hot biryani or pulao.
But you can have it any way you want.
6. Try Making Cucumber Salsa
Don’t have much time to prepare a dish?
You can quickly make cucumber salsa with just a few ingredients.
For cucumber salsa, you will need chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and some spices.
You can mix these ingredients in a bowl and prepare the salsa within minutes.
Don’t forget to drizzle some olive oil before serving.
This salsa goes great with chips, tacos, or even as a salad dressing.
7. Use Them In Place Of Zucchini In Recipes
Yes, you can use yellow cucumbers in place of zucchini in recipes.
They have a similar texture and consistency, so they will work just fine.
Of course, you might notice a bit of difference in the taste.
But that’s not a big deal, right?
So, go ahead and use them in zucchini bread, cakes, or muffin recipes.
8. Roast Them With Other Vegetables
I like roasted vegetables, and I am sure you do too.
Well, you can use the same technique to roast your yellow cucumbers.
Just toss them with some other vegetables like potatoes, yellow squash, carrots, onions, etc., and roast in the oven until.
Cucumbers don’t take much time to cook, so keep an eye on them.
You can drizzle some olive oil or use your favorite spices for flavor.
9. Use Them In A Smoothie
Don’t like cucumber juice?
Yes, I know it can be a little bland for some people.
But what about a cucumber smoothie?
It’s a great option, and I am sure you will love it!
Just add some chopped cucumbers, greek yogurt, honey, and milk in a blender.
Blend until you get a smooth consistency.
You can also add some other fruits like berries for sweetness and flavor.
For a more thick texture, you can even add dry fruits to this smoothie.
10. Make Cucumber Chips
Cucumber chips are hot-favorite snacks, and you can easily make them at home.
For this, you just need some thinly sliced cucumbers, olive oil, and salt.
This crispy, salty snack is perfect for munching on.
However, you will have to ensure that the cucumbers are still firm and not too soft.
If they have over-ripened, they will not retain their texture.
And they might turn a bit soft after baking or frying.
So, these are the ten things you can do with yellow cucumbers.
I hope these ideas help you use up your yellow cucumbers in a better way.
Now, let’s look at some of the guidelines you need to follow while using these cucumbers.
5 Things To Remember While Using Yellow Cucumbers
As you know, yellow cucumbers are not the first choice for pickling or other preparations.
But if you want to use them, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
1. They Have A Short Shelf Life
The first thing you need to remember is that yellow cucumbers have a shorter shelf life.
They won’t stay as fresh as the green ones.
So, if you plan to use them in a dish, use them within a day or two.
2. Avoid Eating The Skin
The skin of yellow cucumbers is not as edible as the skin of green cucumbers.
It will be quite thick and bitter.
Therefore, it’s better to avoid eating the skin.
3. Use Them When They Are Firm And Crisp
As mentioned earlier, these cucumbers have gone past their prime when they start to turn yellow.
So, they won’t have the perfect crispy and crunchy texture.
They will be softer than the green ones.
However, you can still use them if they are firm and crisp.
You just have to check the firmness before using them.
4. Avoid Using Overripe Ones
Overripe cucumbers will not be good for any dish.
They will be mushy, and their taste will be off.
So, avoid using them in any recipe.
5. Don’t Store Them In Water
Don’t store them in water if you want to keep them for a day or two.
This will make them even softer and spoil their texture.
Just store them in the fridge, and they will be fine.
These are the things you need to remember while using yellow cucumbers.
Try to follow these tips, and you will be able to use them in a better way.
Next, let’s check out the FAQs related to this topic.
Yes, you can eat cucumbers that turn yellow.
The main difference between yellow and green cucumbers is their texture.
Yellow cucumbers are often slightly sweeter than green cucumbers.
Yes, you can pickle cucumbers after they turn yellow.
They will not have the same crunchy texture as green cucumbers, but they will still be edible.
The end result will also be slightly different than traditional pickles.
Cucumbers can turn orange and yellow for a variety of reasons.
It could be due to the type of cucumber, the growing conditions, or even the ripeness.
If unsure, you should consult a local farmer or cucumber expert.
They might be able to give you a better idea of why your cucumbers are orange and yellow.
It’s quite easy to tell when cucumbers go bad.
If they are mushy or have brown spots, they should be thrown out.
You can also check for a sour smell, which is another indication that cucumbers have gone bad.
If they are still firm and have a bright color, they are probably still good to eat.
No, soft cucumbers are not good.
They have most likely gone bad and should not be used for consumption.
Over To You
Yellow cucumbers are not known for their culinary uses.
But if you find yourself with a batch of yellow cucumbers, don’t throw them away just yet.
Try some of the ideas mentioned in this guide, and you might be surprised at how good they can taste.
And if you come across any issues or have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.
I’d be happy to help out.
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