It’s harvest time for the zucchini, however you can only eat so much fresh. The extra zucchini will need to be frozen to enjoy it in the winter months. You can shred the zucchini for bread, chunk or slices it to pull out to fry or grill.
Which ever way you enjoy your zucchini in the summer months plan on enjoying them in the winter.
Things You’ll Need:
- Head out to your garden, hopefully it’s an organic one, and harvest fresh zucchini from the vines
- Fill your sink full of cold water and wash the zucchini. You want to leave the skins on so they need to be clean and free from defects
- Get a stock pot out and put a couple of inches of water in it. I actually have a blue granite stock pot that has a colander type pan in it to let me steam vegetables, or to drain the water off easily. Let your water come to a boil while you are chopping up your zucchini.
- If you are using freezer containers get them out and wash them. If you are using freezer bags like I am, take a marker and write on it what the product is and the date.
- Cut up your zucchini in the mode you want it. If it’s shredded for zucchini bread you steam it by placing it in a colander (or a pan like mine) 1 inch deep. Steam it over water for 5 minutes with the lid on the pot. Let it cool completely before putting in your freezer bags or containers.
- Next slice or cube your zucchini in the right sized pieces for stewing or grilling. Put in the boiling water, place the lid on the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Drain off water and instantly put in a sink of cold water. Let it cool off and put in your marked containers.
- Make sure and drain off all water as you seal the bag
- Place the zucchini in the freezer laying flat for best storage.
- Be careful when working with hot water!!!