Simple Way to Preserve Fresh Zucchini

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Gardeners often find theres too much zucchini in the garden during summer, but too little to use in the winter. Freezing is a simple way to solve that problem.
Frozen zucchini can be used in recipes without thawing, just like other frozen vegetables.
Gardeners often find theres too much zucchini in the garden during summer, but too little to use in the winter. Freezing is a simple way to solve that problem.Click To Enlarge

Gardeners often find there's too much zucchini in the garden during summer, but too little to use in the winter. Freezing is a simple way to solve that problem.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

One of my go-to soup recipes in winter is a minestrone that's loaded with vegetables and elbow macaroni. I love to simmer a batch on a cold day, but I hate having to buy a fresh zucchini to add to the recipe when I know how easy it is to grow one in the summer.

Then it hit me. Why not freeze ready-to-use zucchini rounds for the soup?

I've preserved squash for years by shredding it and freezing in 2 cup batches to use for making zucchini breads and cakes. It never occurred to me that I could slice it and freeze summer squash, too.

I decided to freeze the zucchini slices using the same method I've used for preserving fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The process took about 7 minutes and that includes harvesting the zucchini from the garden.

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash the zucchini and remove any parts that are soft or blemished. 
  3. Slice the zucchini into rounds about ¼ inch thick.
  4. If the slices are too large, cut them into half-moons.
  5. Place the slices in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  6. Freeze until solid; several hours or overnight.
  7. Remove zucchini from the parchment paper and place in plastic freezer bags or storage containers.
  8. Freeze until ready to use, just like other frozen vegetables you'd buy at the store.

This method works for other garden-fresh fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines (pit and cut into wedges) and sliced rhubarb, too.

Do you have any super-simple ways to preserve your garden-fresh fruits and vegetables? Please share them here!


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Comments (2)

paulroy735 writes: Very tasty.
Posted: 1:53 am on April 28th
paulroy735 writes: It is very tasty.
Posted: 1:45 am on April 28th
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