Freezing zucchini

Discussion in 'Food Preservation and Storage' started by marlingardener, Jun 27, 2021.

  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,373
    Location:
    Central Texas, zone 8
    You have heard my lament about planting too many squash plants. I came across a method of freezing grated zucchini to use later for zucchini bread. I found two large zucchini this morning, so I'm going to grate them, freeze them, and we'll have zucchini bread in December!
    It's really simple--grate the washed and dried zucchini (no need to peel), put in 2 cup freezer containers, and pop in the freezer. My recipe calls for 2 cups of squash, but you can freeze in any amount you like. Thaw before adding to recipe, and drain off any liquid if there is any.
     
    Cayuga Morning and Sjoerd like this.
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads
    1. AAnightowl
      Replies:
      3
      Views:
      27,941

  3. mart

    mart Strong Ash

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    5,190
    Likes Received:
    3,461
    Location:
    NE Texas
    I always do the same ! Still have frozen zucchini,,somewhere in the freezer !
     
  4. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    15,717
    Likes Received:
    8,980
    I lurve zucchini bread, Jane.
    Thanks for the tip.

    Mart, you may have to send a marine corps expeditionary force to locate and extract your lurking frozen zucchini’s.
     
    Cayuga Morning likes this.
  5. marlingardener

    marlingardener Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,373
    Location:
    Central Texas, zone 8
    Every once in a while I go "freezer foraging" to see what has been moved to the back, forgotten, or overlooked.
    My dear long-suffering husband occasionally looks at the freezer contents, and asks if we are preparing for an invasion of hungry people, or if we are supposed to eat all this ourselves. I tell him "whatever," we are prepared!
     
    Sjoerd and Cayuga Morning like this.



    Advertisement
  6. Islandlife

    Islandlife Young Pine

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2016
    Messages:
    2,004
    Likes Received:
    1,685
    Love grated zucchini - so easy peasy to use
     
    Sjoerd likes this.
  7. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    15,717
    Likes Received:
    8,980
    Because one of the main goals of our gardening hobby is to preserve in the freezer enough food for the coming year. Freezing it in is all well and good, but you have to be able to find what you need ... sometimes in a hurry.

    Our freezer inventory is organised internally and externally. You will see what I mean in a moment. To begin with, we organise our frozen goods into groups and place them in large, clear plastic bags...with a written label.
    CA784480-57A6-4128-885F-91BD9655169E.jpeg

    All this is necessary because some things like Swiss chard and spinach look similar when in their little zip lock bags. So, our inventory are a collection of large bags in several drawers. That is Thing One.

    Thing Two is the externals. We keep a list on the outside of the freezer showing what and how much is in the freezer. We just mark down when we remove something, that way we always have a good idea of how many bags of what are in the freezer.
    AAF4BD0D-0BD9-4B89-82BF-C1C8F1351DB9.jpeg

    We just keep using the A-4 until both sides are full. Here is the backside of the above sheet. Waste not, want not...right?
    3D62E46C-32C0-4BE4-AA21-B0E4825B8BB6.jpeg

    Things start going sideways a bit and the markings look odd because of the challenging angle that we have to write on. It is a bit low, especially for me.

    Y’know though— no matter how careful we are, it never comes out 100% correct. Sigh.

    You may notice that some words on the list are in English and some are in Dutch. We often incorporate English words in our language at home; but in this case, sometimes a dutch word is longer than an english one. For example the dutch word for “pea” is “doperwtje”. We try and keep it simple and swift.

    I don’t expect that anyone on here would be as neurotic as we are, but this system works for us.
     
  8. marlingardener

    marlingardener Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    10,112
    Likes Received:
    9,373
    Location:
    Central Texas, zone 8
    Good heavens to Betsy, you are super organized! I wish I had the "intestinal fortitude" to be so on top of things, but I'll likely just keep freezer foraging.:smt002
     
    Sjoerd likes this.
  9. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    15,717
    Likes Received:
    8,980
    Freezer foraging can be like what kids do at easter, can’t it. I can see the fun in it.
     
    marlingardener likes this.

Share This Page