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Cucumber Baby Food Purees, 3 Ways

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This recipe was originally published on January 25, 2020. The recipe was updated on August 31, 2020.

Cucumbers are healthy and refreshing, so why not feed them to your baby? Try these stage 2 cucumber baby food purees for your 6 month+ baby.

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My daughter was instantly hooked on cucumbers the first time she tried them. I used to feed her a cucumber puree with simply cucumbers, a splash of lime juice and some fresh herbs.

While it was fine for her, some babies have bad reactions to citrus which can include a rash or an upset stomach. So, I’ve created a new and improved recipe that can be enjoyed by all babies!

This recipe uses fresh cucumber and cooked apples, which gives the puree a little sweetness and a thicker consistency. Add either fresh dill, cilantro or mint, and you’ve got the perfect cucumber baby food puree to encourage adventurous eating.

Can you puree cucumber for babies?

Yes, it is safe to puree cucumbers for babies after 6 months.

Cucumbers can cause some babies to be gassy, which can cause discomfort.  If this happens with your baby, stop giving her cucumbers for the time being, and try again when she is slightly older (8 months+).

Can babies eat raw cucumber?

There are differences of opinions on whether you should feed your baby raw cucumber or not.

Some people think it should be blanched for at least a minute to kill any microbes that may be in the cucumber.

Others think it’s fine to give babies raw cucumber.

I, personally, have given both of my babies raw, pureed cucumbers and never had any problems.

If you are unsure, you can always blanch the cucumbers before pureeing them for your baby.

You should also always consult your pediatrician before giving your baby any new foods.

How long will homemade baby food last?

Fresh, homemade baby food will last in the refrigerator for 3 days. Once the 3 days have passed, the remaining food should be disposed of for safety reasons.

If you make this or any other baby food recipes in bulk, it can be stored it the freezer for up to 3 months. Click here for more information, tips and tricks on storing homemade baby food.

By the way, these baby food freezer storage trays are PERFECT for freezing baby food. They come with snug fit lids that prevent spills and freezer burns, and they stack so easily.

What health benefits do these purees provide for your baby?

No matter which puree you decide to make, it will provide a lot of health benefits for your baby.

Cucumbers are good for preventing constipation and promoting bone health (high in vitamin K).

Apples are an excellent source of fiber, which is good for digestion, and vitamin C, which helps to boost immunity and fight against the common cold and flu.

Mint contains menthol, which can help to break up mucus.

And dill is known for reducing gas and preventing hiccups.

Cilantro is also high in vitamin K, which again, promotes healthy bones.

Try these other yummy stage 2 baby food recipes!

Peanut Butter + Banana Oatmeal Baby Cereal

Cucumber + Melon Baby Food Puree

Mango Baby Food Puree, Three Ways

Persimmon Baby Food Puree, 2 Ways

Red Pepper + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree

How do you make these cucumber baby food purees?

  • 1 cup of cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
  • 1 cup of apple, cored and peeled
  • 1/4 cup of water for cooking
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint or fresh cilantro or fresh dill

Baby Bullet, food processor or blender

Step 1: Core, peel and dice the apples. Place them in a pot along with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, until soft.

Step 2: Meanwhile, peel, de-seed and slice the cucumber.

Step 3: Once the apples have cooled a little, add them to a blender (or food processor) along with the cucumbers and your herb of choice. Blend until smooth. If you’re using a powerful blender, you shouldn’t need to add any extra liquid. If you do add extra liquid, add just a tiny bit at a time. Cucumbers are made of mostly water, so adding extra liquid will result in a watery puree.

Note: Keep in mind that a blender will give you a smoother puree than a food processor.

If you’re looking for a super smooth puree, you will need a high-powered blender.

Although I am using a high-powered blender to showcase this recipe, I made a lot of baby food for my kids in a food processor. I liked to give my babies lots of different textures because I didn’t want them to get accustomed to super smooth purees all the time.

In fact, this KitchenAid food processor is what I used. I LOVE it because it is very compact (I have a small kitchen) but it’s still powerful.

But, the tool you choose to puree your baby food in is totally up to you! It’s just a matter of personal preference.

You should always consult your pediatrician before giving your baby new foods.

  • Baby Bullet

  • Food Processor

  • blender

  • 1 cup cucumber peeled, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup apple cored, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup water for cooking
  • a few leaves fresh mint OR
  • a few sprigs fresh cilantro OR
  • a few sprigs fresh dill
  • Core, peel and dice the apples. Place them in a pot along with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, until soft.

  • Meanwhile, peel and de-seed the cucumber (optional if using an English Cucumber) and roughly dice it.

  • Once the apples have cooled a little, add them to a blender (or food processor) along with the cucumbers and your herb of choice. Blend until smooth. If you’re using a powerful blender, you shouldn’t need to add any extra liquid. If you do add extra liquid, add just a tiny bit at a time. Cucumbers are made of mostly water, so adding extra liquid will result in a watery puree.

  • Try serving this over yogurt!
  • Keep in mind that a blender will give you a smoother puree than a food processor. 
  • If you want a really smooth puree, you will need a good, powerful blender.
  • My baby food recipes don’t yield a lot because babies don’t eat much, and they should be eating a variety of different foods (making too much of one type won’t give them that opportunity).  However, if you want to make this recipe in bulk to freeze for later, simply double it.




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Feeding Baby Cucumbers for Baby Food - Cucumber Baby Food Recipes for Your Baby

Cucumbers are more nutritious than many people believe. Cucumbers however, do not make great baby food.

The Goodness of Cucumbers for Baby Food:

Cucumbers are good sources of Vitamin C and A. They also contain calcium and potassium. Cucumbers are mostly water and as a baby food, they really do not offer a lot of nutrients. Cucumbers are a bit difficult to serve to babies. If you think about it, there really are not a lot of cucumber “recipes” even for adults. While the skin of a cucumber contains fiber, it is not a good idea to serve the skin to babies or toddlers.

Cucumber – 1 small (6″) cucumber

Vitamin A – 114 IU
Vitamin C – 5.1 mg
Niacin – .05 mg
Folate – 22 mcg
Thiamine – .04 mg
Pantothenic Acid – .8 mg
Vitamin B6 – .08 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts
Potassium – 215 mg
Sodium – 3 mg
Calcium – 22 mg
Phosphorus – 33 mg
Magnesium – 19 mg
Iron – . 35 mg
Also contains small amounts of selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.

When to introduce Cucumbers to your baby – Age for Introducing Cucumbers: 8-10 months

Offer cucumbers to your baby when she has turned between 8-10 months old. Many parents report that cucumbers have made their babies and children gassy so do keep a watch out for increased gassiness.

How to select and store cucumbers for homemade baby food

According to the EWG, cucumbers are not one of the “dirty dozen” foods that are most highly contaminated with pesticides – purchasing organic is a personal choice.

Cucumbers are in season between May and July however they are available all year long. When selecting a cucumber to offer your baby, ensure that there are no cuts or bruises. You want a more firm cucumber as this firmness indicates freshness.

To store cucumbers, put them in the “veggie crisper” or the far back of your refrigerator. Cucumbers will last longer if they are not cut open so prepare them only when you are ready to eat them within a few days.

The best way to safely prepare Cucumbers for Baby Food

Cucumbers really are not all that great cooked. Serving your baby a traditional puree of cucumbers is probably not a good idea. You may offer your baby squished cucumbers or mix cucumber with other foods.

Cucumber Baby Food Recipes Ideas

Cucumber – Basic “Purée”


Step 1: Wash and peel cucumber.
Step 2: Slice and cut out the seeds using a circular motion
Step 3: Chop the cucumber and squish with a fork

Minty Cucumber, Pear & Yogurt


  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 Bosch or Bartlett pears
  • 1/2 cup of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 3 finely chopped mint leaves


Step 1: Wash and peel cucumber.
Step 2: Slice and cut out the seeds using a circular motion
Step 3: Chop the cucumber and squish with a fork
Step 4: Peel, core, dice (and squish if needed) the pears
Step 5: Add pear and cucumber together in a bowl
Step 6: Add 1/2 cup plain yogurt and finely chopped mint leaves to the bowl
Step 7: Mix to a consistency that your baby will tolerate; blend or puree if needed.

Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Love this one from the Food Network, with some tweaks. You could make it a minty cucumber dip too.


  • 2 (8-ounce) containers plain yogurt
  • 1 pound cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill plus dill sprigs for garnish
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt (leave out.)


Step 1: In a sieve lined with cheesecloth, let the yogurt drain, set over a bowl, covered and chilled, for 6 hours. Pour the liquid from the bowl and in the bowl stir together the drained yogurt, the cucumbers, squeezed dry between paper towels, the snipped dill, the garlic, the oil, the lemon juice, and salt to taste.
Step 2: Let the dip stand, covered and chilled, for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Stir the dip, garnish it with the dill sprigs, and serve it with toast points, other soft cooked veggies or even baby meatballs.


Recipe reprinted with permission from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008)
Buy yogurt that has active cultures and no fillers (non-fat milk solids or pectin, starch, gelatin etc) or sweeteners added..


  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or mint
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt to taste


Step 1: Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
Step 2: Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time
Step 3: Makes 1 ½ cups

Foods Good to Mix With Cucumber

  • Apples
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash – zucchini or yellow/crooked necked
  • Yogurt

Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

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Cucumbers have been known to cause many people to have gas!


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In my family, preparing cucumbers for the winter is a delicious tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. As if yesterday, as a little girl, I helped my mother to pickle cucumbers in jars and cut cucumbers to make cucumber salads for the winter, and today I myself collect recipes for winter cucumber preparations, and make various delicious cucumber preparations for the winter for my family.

Crispy, fragrant, large and small, spicy and not so spicy, in a salad or with tomatoes - they will always have a place on our table.

I recommend to see: 10 Best Pepper Lecho Recipes for the Winter

I cherish the “Soviet” recipes from my mother and grandmother, and collect modern methods of preparing cucumbers, so that later I can pass them on to my daughter.


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  • Cucumbers with ketchup
  • Assorted cucumbers and tomato for the winter
  • Cut cucumbers with mustard
  • A salted cucumbers hotly
  • pickled cucumbers for the winter in liter banks without vinegar
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  • Georgian-style cucumbers: a tasty and spicy salad for the winter
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  • Canned cucumbers without sterilization (triple filling)
  • pickled cucumbers with tomato paste for the winter
  • Cucumbers in Korean for the winter
  • Cucumbers Suckers for the winter "Piquant"
  • pickled cucumbers with aspirin
  • pickled cucumbers with citric acid
  • Oguri in AD from cucumbers for the winter in Georgian (VIDEO)
  • Crispy pickled cucumbers for the winter in Polish (VIDEO RECIPE)

Dear friends, if you are in search of proven and delicious recipes for preparing their cucumbers, I suggest using my selection. I really hope that you will like the recipes, and I also look forward to your comments and feedback on the recipes. So, meet, preparations for the winter from cucumbers - recipes with photos are at your service!

Cucumbers in their own juice: a recipe for the winter in a cold way

Preparations for the winter from cucumbers are not only salads, but also classic pickled cucumbers! I suggest you try cucumbers in your own juice. You probably want to know how cucumbers turn out in their own juice? I can assure you that cucumbers taste excellent! A bit like my grandmother's pickled cucumbers, but with a richer taste, crispy, moderately salty, with distinct notes of aromatic herbs. Recipe HERE.

Delicious family-style pickled cucumbers

Delicious pickled pickled cucumbers! Such a recipe can be safely attributed to the classics of conservation, when everything is balanced in taste, and if you are looking for such a recipe, then here it is! How to cook delicious pickled cucumbers "in a family way", look HERE .

Pickles: My Grandmother's Recipe (Cold)

Classic pickles for the winter, always on my canning list. And pickles take first place. How to prepare pickles in a cold way (my grandmother's recipe with step by step photos), I wrote HERE.

Cucumbers with chili ketchup

There are a lot of recipes for preparing cucumbers for the winter, each of them is good in its own way. And I want to introduce you to one of them - a recipe for cucumbers with chili ketchup. What I like about it is its simplicity and speed of preparation, as well as the minimum amount of initial ingredients. But despite this, cucumbers marinated with chili ketchup are very tasty, crispy and beautiful. How to cook, see HERE.

Assorted cucumbers and tomatoes for the winter

The highlight of this vegetable assortment for the winter is in an excellent marinade, thanks to which cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers turn out to be very tasty. The recipe itself is simple and involves sterilizing jars of pickled platter for the winter. How to cook assorted cucumbers and tomatoes for the winter, look HERE .

Chopped Cucumbers with Mustard

Cucumbers are tasty, crunchy, and mustard goes well with them. Mustard is also accompanied by garlic - it gives the preservation a light, but very interesting piquancy. Well, besides, the process of preparing such a blank is quite simple, and you know how much I love simple recipes. How to cook, see HERE.

Hot Winter Pickles

Hot Winter Pickles have the same taste as regular pickles. The only caveat is that the brine, before being poured into jars, is brought to a boil. This option of pickles is suitable for city residents who do not have the opportunity to store blanks in cellars: they can be left in the apartment for the winter, only removed away from sunlight and heat sources (such as batteries). And one more thing - these cucumbers are prepared for the winter in a hot way without vinegar - I know that this is important for many. How to cook, see HERE.

Pickled cucumbers for the winter in liter jars without vinegar

I make this preparation every year, our family loves it very much. Pickled cucumbers in liter jars are especially tasty, crispy and fragrant. The peculiarity of this snack is that it is prepared without vinegar, with the addition of citric acid and a lemon mug. Spices and herbs make pickled cucumbers per 1 liter jar especially spicy, with a delicate spicy taste. Step by step recipe with photo HERE.

Cucumber lecho for the winter (without sterilization)

How to cook cucumber lecho for the winter, you can see HERE.

Cucumbers with gooseberries for the winter

This recipe will undoubtedly appeal to those who love crispy pickled cucumbers, but want to close them in a new way, so that it is unusual, interesting and tasty, of course. So, I suggest you preserve cucumbers for a reason, but in the company of gooseberries. Yes, with gooseberries. I must say right away, do not worry that its taste will be felt too much in ready-made cucumbers. Not at all, it will be heard to you only as a subtle shade, as another spice, nothing more. Recipe with photo HERE.

Georgian-style cucumbers: tasty and piquant salad for the winter

How to cook Georgian-style cucumbers for the winter, you can see HERE.

Cucumber and bell pepper salad for the winter

Cucumber and bell pepper salad recipe for the winter, you can see HERE.

Canned cucumbers without sterilization (triple filling)

How to prepare canned cucumbers without sterilization with triple filling, you can see HERE.

Pickled cucumbers with tomato paste for the winter

Today I want to show you a recipe - cucumbers in tomato sauce. Such a blank turns out to be very beautiful - bright, rich colors will remind you of warm summer days in cold winters and will delight you with richness and cheerfulness. As for the taste of these cucumbers in tomato sauce for the winter, I am sure that it will also make the most pleasant impression on you. Recipe for pickled cucumbers with tomato paste, you can see HERE.

Korean-style cucumbers for the winter

If you are looking for interesting and unusual preparations for the winter from cucumbers, be sure to look at the recipe for Korean-style cucumbers. With the recipe for Korean cucumbers for the winter, you can find HERE.

Cucumber salad for the winter "Piquant"

If you are looking for an interesting recipe for cucumber salad for the winter in jars, then be sure to pay attention to this preservation. Garlic and pepper add a special piquancy to this cucumber salad for the winter, it is these spices that make cucumbers so tasty!

Another thing I like about this recipe is that this is a cucumber salad for the winter in slices, not circles, for example. With such a large cut, cucumbers have a brighter, richer taste and look very appetizing. How to cook cucumber salad for the winter "Piquant", you can see HERE.

Pickled Cucumbers with Aspirin

This recipe for cucumbers does not need to be sterilized for a long time, you just need to sterilize and prepare the jars in advance. The output is delicious, spicy, crispy cucumbers with the aroma of summer herbs, garlic, and spices. See recipe…

Citric Acid Pickled Cucumbers

This recipe for Citric Acid Pickled Cucumbers was shared with me by a mother at the playground. We talked about baby food, and she told me that she preserves cucumbers with citric acid without vinegar especially for the child. Recipe HERE.

Cucumbers in adjika for the winter

Incredible, tasty, spicy, colorful… you can pick up epithets for this cucumber salad for a long time. Cucumbers in adjika turn out crispy, and even in a delicious sauce - with potatoes in winter, or with meat dishes it flies away at once. Recipe HERE.

Georgian-style cucumber salad for the winter (VIDEO)

Polish-style crunchy pickled cucumbers for the winter (VIDEO RECIPE) and cucumber recipes for the winter amaze with their variety of methods and types of harvesting. But in my personal canning practice, I prefer to use proven cucumber blanks, which I have at least tried before, or I make recipes for cucumber blanks for the winter myself.

I publish successful cucumber recipes (tasty and simple preparations for the winter) on the site, and everything that didn’t work out (this happens rarely) remains behind the scenes. Therefore, dear friends, if you choose any cucumber recipe for the winter presented on the 8 website, you can be sure that the preservation will be successful!

Almost all presented cucumber salads for the winter without sterilization, I always check the proportions of marinades and measure them several times to achieve a balanced taste. Without undue modesty, I promise you that all my preparations from cucumbers for the winter are delicious and you will lick your fingers, so you can safely trust and cook according to my recipes.

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