In this post: How to freeze zucchini the easy way! Step by step directions for freezing zucchini to use in cookies, cakes & breads.
It’s that time of year. Even though summer is definitely still here, I have to admit I’m thinking about fall. I’m not ready for it…just thinking about it. One of my favorite things to do when the cooler days appear is retreat to my kitchen and bake. Fall recipes mean comfort food. Comfort food means homemade bread fresh from the oven. One of my favorite quick bread recipes is zucchini bread…but you have to take care of freezing zucchini while it’s available from the garden or farmers market. Soooo…here I am with a quick tutorial on how to freeze zucchini.
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How to Freeze Zucchini
Grab yourself a few regular sized zucchini. (Or they can be the giant ones that come straight from the garden.) I got mine at our local market because I’m not a vegetable gardener. I got four zucchini this time around. Two medium zucchini will chop up to equal about two cups. That’s your go-to amount for most recipes (more or less.) Chunk the zucchini into small pieces and shred in a food processor. As I’m shredding, I dump the zucchini into a 2 cup measurer. When I hit the 2-cup mark, the zucchini goes into a resealable bag.
Freezing Zucchini Tips
- My four zucchini shredded to equal 4 cups. Back in the day, I used to shred my zucchini with a hand grater. It wasn’t hard but it took some time. A food processor is easier but if you don’t have one, a regular old grater will work.
- The bagged, shredded zucchini lasts in the freezer for up to three months. I have kept it longer and still used it…and it was fine. I wouldn’t keep it for longer than six months.
- Freezing zucchini noodles: Spiralize your zucchini. Place the noodles in a colander and sprinkle with kosher salt. Lightly toss the noodles and let them drain in the colander for 30 minutes. Place the noodles in resealable bags.
- This tip is from a reader: Make up the zucchini bread batter, put it in freezer bags and freeze flat. Stores easily and fresh bread is just a thaw away.
Easy bread and cake recipes that use zucchini:
See you soon!