Can I freeze Zucchini? The answer is YES! I love having zucchini in the freezer to pull out for my favorite zucchini baked goods. People often ask me how to prepare zucchini so they can freeze it. I decided to write this How to Freeze Zucchini for Baking post to help anyone who might be drowning in zucchini’s that they don’t know what to do with.
Zucchini’s can get very large. If you have a zucchini plant you have probably seen for yourself just how quickly they can go from, “hmm, I’m not sure if this is ready to pick.” to “Holy Cow! This thing is huge!”
I typically only use the “Holy Cow! This thing is huge!” size for freezing because I use the normal sized ones for yummy zucchini dinners and side dishes. These are my favorites. Sauteed Zucchini and Yellow Squash with Garlic and Parmesan, Sausage and Zucchini Lasagna Rolls, Chicken and Zucchini Skillet with Cannellini Beans, and Zucchini Cheese Bake.
The tools you will need for prepping your zucchini to freeze are:
- good Knife
- regular spoon
- cutting board
- cheese grater or food processor (I prefer a food processor, it is much faster if you are doing large batches)
- Quart-size freezer Ziploc bags
- large bowl
- black sharpie marker
- 1 cup measuring cup
So to get started with the freezing process you need to wash and de-seed the large zucchinis.
I cut them in half with my knife and use a spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and pulp.
Give them a quick rinse and set them on the cutting board. Depending on if you are using a cheese grater or a food processor you will want to cut them in manageable pieces. When I use my food processor I cut them in long strips that are an inch or two wide so they can fit in the opening of my food processor easily. When I use a cheese grater I usually just cut them in half or thirds so it is easier to hold onto the chuck while I am grating it.
Which ever method you are using, it works best to do all of the grating at once and empty the shredded zucchini into a large bowl.
When you finish all the batches of shredding, use your 1 cup measuring cup and measure slightly packed cup fulls of zucchini into freezer bags. I like to do some with two cups and some with 4 cups. I do them in those sizes because I know those are the measurements for the recipes I like to use. You can do whatever measurements you prefer in your bags, but I suggest looking at your favorite recipes to get and idea of what would be the most efficient way to measure the zucchini out for you.
After I have the zucchini measured into the bags, I make sure to get as much of the air out of the bag as I possibly can and then I flatten the bag so that they will stack better in my freezer.
At this point you need to make sure that you label and date the zucchini. I also write how many cups I put in the bag.
Now the only thing left to do is put them in your freezer and let them freeze.They can stay in your freezer for a long time. I have used mine up to 9 months after freezing it.
When you are ready to use the zucchini in a recipe you can either take it out a day in advance and keep it in the fridge or on the counter. Or you can do a water soak to help it un-thaw a little quicker. I even un-thaw mine in the microwave if I am in a hurry. I just put it on defrost until it is ready. And then I am ready to make delicious zucchini baked goods like my favorite Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. YUM!
I hope this is helpful for those of you who are looking for ways to preserve and store zucchini to use later.
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