By Jenny Harrington

Cucumbers are rich in potassium, which helps maintain a healthy heart and good blood pressure. Use creative serving ideas to add more cucumbers to your diet while discovering new ways to enjoy this summer vegetable beyond the typical salad or sandwich. Cucumber juice, pressed from fresh cucumbers, adds a refreshing touch when added to other fruit and vegetable juices. You can also combine the cucumber juice with sparkling water and lemon to enjoy on its own.

Cucumbers require refrigeration for best storage.

Step 1

Peel the cucumbers with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Trim off the ends and dispose of them. Cut the cucumbers into thin slices. Place into a food processor or blender for one to two minutes, or until the cucumbers have become pulp.

Step 2

Set a metal sieve over a bowl. Pour the juice through the sieve, separating the juice from any cucumber pulp.

Step 3

Stir the remaining pulp in the sieve with a spoon until no more juice drips through the sieve. Avoid pressing on the pulp; it may make the juice cloudy.

Step 4

Pour the pulp-free cucumber juice into a food storage container. Place the lid on top and seal it.

Step 5

Store the cucumber juice in the refrigerator for up to one week. Store the pulp in a separate container for the same length of time, if desired.