Cucumber Powder & Recipes


~Use Your Abundant Cucumbers for Cucumber Powder in
Dips, Sauces, Soups, & Personal Care Products~


What’s a person to do when the glut of cucumbers has reached epic proportions? When you have canned all the pickles and relish you can stand? Make cucumber powder!


Greek Cucumber Dip (Tzatziki) Dry Seasoning

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Why not try dehydrating them for Tzatziki Sauce, that yummy dip you get at the Greek restaurant with your pita bread? Tzatziki is a Greek sauce is made of strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, herbs, and spices. I love this sauce:

  • over salads,
  • with pita bread for dipping,
  • poured over a mixture of vegetables, eggs, and ham to create a variation of okroshka,
  • on gyros and lamb pitas,
  • with chunked chicken breast for a wonderful salad,
  • served with grilled meats,
  • spread on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise,
  • or as a dip for vegetables, bagel chips, dehydrated vegetable chips, or potato chips.

There are two recipes below for a smooth Greek Cucumber Sauce and a chunkier version using your dried cucumbers. I do peel my cucumbers but I dry the peels as well as the cucumbers and use it in my cucumber powder.

Other Cucumber Powder Recipes

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You can also use your cucumber powder to make soups and flavor baked goods. Cucumber powder adds a nice fresh flavor to couscous with mint or dilled rice and lentils.

For those of you that make your own beauty products you will find cucumber powder invaluable in your recipes for things like epsom salt cooling summer bath crystals, soothing soaps, puffy eye paste, cucumber toner, cucumber avocado facial mask, cucumber & yogurt mask, cucumber anti-blemish face mask, cucumber skin tonic, cucumber-honey toner, and even hair conditioner. Lots of goodies for you to consider when you have a boatload of cucumbers! Check out some of the wonderful recipes for these products here with our friends at Care2.

Cucumber Conversions

I have found the following approximate conversions to be about what you can expect from cucumbers:

1 medium Cucumber = 1/2 cup dried Cucumber Cubes = 2 tbsp. Cucumber Powder

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Silky Smooth Tzatziki

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1/4 cup cucumber power
1 tablespoon dried dill weed
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons lemon powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

2-1/2 cups plain, whole-milk yogurt or sour cream

Directions

1) Mix cucumber powder, dill weed, onion powder, lemon powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl, whisking thoroughly until all ingredients are well blended. You may store this in a small jar (4 ounces works well) to be used later if you like or continue to step 2.

2) Add the cucumber mixture to the plain yogurt (or sour cream) and whisk well to combine all ingredients.

3) Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

4) Taste and season the dip again just before serving. Garnish with finely diced cucumber, red onion, and a drizzle of olive oil if you wish.

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Chunky Greek Tzatziki Dipping Sauce

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1/2 cup dried cucumber, chopped
2 tablespoons cucumber powder
1 tablespoon dried dillweed
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons lemon powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

2-1/2 cups plain, whole-milk yogurt or sour cream

Directions

1) In a bowl, measure out dried cucumber dices and pour hot water over to soak. Cover for 20 minutes.

2) Mix cucumber powder, dill weed, onion powder, lemon powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl, whisking thoroughly until all ingredients are well blended. You may store this in a small jar (4 ounces works well) to be used later if you like or continue to step 3.

3) Add the cucumber mixture and the diced cucumbers to the plain yogurt (or sour cream) and whisk well to combine all ingredients.

4) Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

5) Taste and season the dip again just before serving. Garnish with finely diced cucumber, red onion, and a drizzle of olive oil if you wish.gold_line_separator_img

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12 thoughts on “Cucumber Powder & Recipes

  1. Elaine says:

    Can the dried cucumber dices be used the same as fresh after re-hydrating? Or are they mushy?

    I really enjoy your recipes and tips. We are disabled and home-bound so we have to wait on someone to come take my husband to town. Therefore we don’t get to the grocery every time we need something, so we tend to overbuy on items like cucumbers and then they go bad before they are used. This would be great if I could dry 2 or 3 and re-hydrate for salad as they are needed w/o spoiling.

    1. Admin says:

      Well, I DID answer this, but my reply seems to have gotten lost. You are not going to be able to rehydrate into the same crispness as fresh. You can, however, make a cucumber salad with vinegar or mayonnaise that is quite good 🙂

  2. Deborah says:

    Hello! I was wondering if the cukes need to be “pre-treated” like bananas? i.e. do they need to be spritzed or dipped with lemon or anything before putting them in the DH? Also, what temp, please? Thank you!

    1. Admin says:

      No pretreatment necessary. I use 125F/50C temp.

  3. Great Article, thank you for sharing at The Homesteader Hop

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks for having me! Love the Homestead Hop for the many tips and tricks to self-reliant living!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Hi Colleen. Would this work with either garden cucs or pickling cucs?

    1. Admin says:

      Yes. It works for both.

  5. Pam says:

    Thank you! I just happen to have a garden that is producing cucumbers right now and you can only do so many pickles and relish. Can’t wait to try this! I will be sharing this with our “food” storage group.

    1. Admin says:

      You are most welcome Pam and thanks for sharing !!! Much appreciated.

  6. Marie says:

    I love your blog, I have been trying to be as self sufficient as possible with our home grown food for a few years now, I have extended growing season in the garden with adapted crops and covers, I have first frozen my produce, then bottled it as the amounts increased, i have discovered fermentation last year and now your posts open a whole new perspective! I was dehydrating berries for granolas but now I can do vegetables and the idea of vegetable powders is simply genius. I had never thought of it but it is a truly great idea. I can’t wait to stock my pantry with them for the winter.Thank you also for the recipes on how to use them.
    Best regards
    Marie (France)

    1. Admin says:

      Marie, I believe this is the way to have summertime freshness all year long in a small space. So glad you found us and happy you are enjoying !!!

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