Frugal Friday: Freezing Zucchini in 3 Easy Steps and other Garden Tales

Raise your hand if you’re garden and everyone else’s garden in inundated with long green zucchini….

My hand is not raised.

I planted zucchini plants this spring. I always plant at least two. This year I planted four. Two of them turned out to be butternut squash plants-both producing squashes. Squash. What is the plural of more than one squash? One of the zucchini plants morphed into this monstrous piece of vegetation that took, literally 1/4 of my garden, was strangling the pepper plants and was headed out to take over the yard before it conquered the world. A farmer’s son told me it was a Long Necked Pumpkin plant. I don’t know what it’s destiny was because we pulled it one long, prickly spine at a time and ran over it with the lawnmower. Here’s hoping next year we don’t have monster greens growing all over the yard.

I decided I had no zucchini plants. Then I found a ginormous zucchini tucked among the pumpkin plants, which I also didn’t think I had because after I planted some seeds nothing came up and if they had grown as they were supposed to grow they were going to grow up the tomatoes cages I placed them in and be smallish pumpkins, not medium size pumpkins that are collapsing and entangling my tomatoes cages.  phew….

I did however plant cucumbers in the same area.

Those ended up being weeds.

But alas, we ended up with one large zucchini. However, this post is not about that zucchini.

We ate him.

This post is about two large zucchini that a friend gave us. These things were almost the length of my arm.

This post is also about how to freeze zuchinni in three easy steps.

Here it is: Ready? Shred, Measure, Freeze. That’s it.

Supplies Needed: Food Processor or hand chopper, knife, bowl, measuring cup, freezer bags or pint sized wide mouth mason jars, funnel (wide mouth is better, but regular size will do).

3 Steps: 

  1. Shred rinsed, unpeeled zucchini in a food processor or with a hand chopper. Place it in a bowl.

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2. Measure. (I measure three cups into each freezer bag)

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3. Funnel it into freezer bags and label label label! DSC_0947 (1)

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As always with anything frozen in a freezer bag, squeeze the air out of bags to ensure no freezer burn taste and ice build up later. To use frozen zucchini later, you’ll need to let it thaw a bit and drain it.  Otherwise the baked goods will be too wet from the zucchini’s moisture.

Frozen Zucchini can be used in a number of recipes like Zucchini Bread or muffins, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread or muffins, soups, chili, chowder, cookies, bars, jams, and these Savory Zucchini Pancakes.

Have fun zucchini gardening! Hopefully you’ve ended up with more than we have:) Blessings.

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