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Help! I’m drowning in zucchini! How can I preserve some for later? If you ask me, freezing is my favorite method of preserving my harvest. Wonder how to freeze zucchini? You can freeze zucchini whole, sliced, shredded and spiralized. It’s so easy! See below for details on every method of freezing zucchini.
Zucchini is a very popular vegetable and a great one for gardeners to grow. It usually gives great yields too. So, if you end up with loads of summer zucchini, you might want to know what to do with it all so that it doesn’t go bad. Zucchini is very easy to grow and it has a long growing season. That means you may end up with a whole lot of it and you don’t want it to go to waste.
How to Freeze Zucchini For Later Use
What You'll Be Needing:
Can I freeze zucchini without blanching?
Good question! Many are unsure this is possible. The answer is: yes, you can! BUT… zucchini and squash frozen this way won’t last as long, and when thawed, it will be mushy.
With that said, there are 2 ways you can freeze zucchini without blanching and get away with it:
- shredded zucchini – you’ll more than likely use it for baking and even though the thawed shredded zucchini will be mushy, it ‘s still good for baking
- whole zucchini – since you’ll need to blend it into a soup or sauce, it won’t really matter if it feels spongy or too soft when you use it
1. Can you freeze zucchini whole?
If you’re busy and have too many zucchinis, you might be wondering if you can just freeze them whole. You sure can freeze your zucchini as is, if you plan to use them in a couple months.
Freezing zucchini whole isn’t the best way to preserve them, and it’ll be harder to use them when thawed. But sometimes we need to do it to save the zucchini.
Large freezer bags work well for storing them, preventing freezer burn, and making it easy to pull them out later when you need them.
What can you do with whole (or sliced in big chunks) frozen zucchini? Not too many things, but here are some ideas.
- cream of zucchini soup
- sauce for pasta or mashed potatoes
- roughly chop them up (after thawing) and add them to a veggie soup.
Interesting fact: Did you know that luffa gourds taste just like zucchini when picked very young?
2. Can you freeze zucchini halves?
Absolutely! Scoop out the seeds just as you would before filling them up. Then they are ready.
The secret for frozen zucchini halves is to flash freeze them on a baking sheet, then place them in a freezer container. This way they’ll keep their shape and you’ll have no problem filling them with your favorite veggie mixture >