Preserving Garden Produce: Freezing Zucchini
My family is not a huge fan of zucchini, but I have found that if I chop it very fine, they will accept it in almost anything. At least they don't object to what they do not find... ;) I'm especially fond of adding it to spaghetti sauce and lasagna, but it's mild flavor makes it very versatile.
To freeze finely chopped or shredded zucchini you may blanch it or freeze it directly. I have always frozen it directly but decided to give blanching it a try this year.
To Blanch and Freeze Finely Chopped Zucchini:
knife & cutting board
shallow steam pan
1. Wash to remove any dirt and/or chemical.
2. Cut off ends and put them into the compost. (It is not necessary to peel it.)
3. Cut into about 1 inch wide slices and quarter each slice.
4. Fill the food processor to about 1/2 full and pulse chop until the zucchini is the desired size.
5. At this point you can choose to blanch the zucchini or to bag & freeze it without blanching.
11. Place in a freezer bag. Be sure to label and date the bag before you put it in the freezer.
Happy Garden Preserving! :)