What is the goal of every gardener? That’s right, a successful bountiful harvest! I don’t know about you, but I love to see my garden overflowing with vegetables that I have worked hard to grow all spring. It is the best kind of reward. The next question is what on earth are you going to do with that harvest?
Squash and specifically zucchini is often a successful crop, with many gardeners begging people to take it away because there is just too much left over. Zucchini is awesome because it really just grows and grows and if you don’t pick it at just the right time, you are going to have some GIANT zucs on your hands! If you are like many garden enthusiasts, you have tried out just about every way you can think of to So what can you do? You don’t want it to go to waste do you? How about preserving it?
That’s right, you can preserve your zucchini for use later in the year! Here are a few of my favorite ways.
HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR ZUCCHINI BOUNTY
Zucchini Bread. Zucchini bread is hands down one of the yummiest ways to eat zucchini! I love making lots of zucchini bread and freezing it to eat later! I make both regular zucchini bread as well as chocolate zucchini bread and it’s always a popular treat! You can freeze the whole cooked loaf of zucchini bread, or you can freeze just the prepared batter. Pour them into large freezer bags and store them in your freezer to be baked later!
Pickle it. If you like pickles, one really good way to preserve your zucchini is to pickle it! Just use your favorite pickle recipe and use zucchini in place of cucumbers and voila’ you have pickles!
Dry it. Did you know that you can put zucchini in your food dehydrator? Seriously, just slice your zucchini up into thin slices and dry it in your dehydrator. Use the dried zucchini later in recipes, cook in oil or season then and eat like chips!
Freeze it. Did you know that you can freeze zucchini? It may seem impossible due to how watery zucchinis are. If you were to freeze the zucchini whole, it would not work well. Likely the water would expand and damage the cells of the fruit. Luckily, there are ways around this.
Use a shredder. Break out your favorite cheese shredder and go to town shredding the zucchini! Use a paper towel to pat some of the excess moisture and then store flat in freezer bags. It can be used later for use in zucchini bread recipes, pasta sauces or soups and salads.
Blanch then bread. First slice the zucchini, then blanch it to prevent mushiness. Coat the slices in your favorite breading recipe then freeze. You can fry these up later.