Blanching and freezing zucchini is the solution to too much zucchini being produced on your vines. Note: Do not put raw squash in the freezer or it will not taste good.
After picking your zucchini off of the vine, wipe each one down with a sturdy cloth to get off any tiny, stiff hairs that can be prickly. Once the fruits have been wiped off, wash them in your kitchen sink. Then place them on a cutting board and cut off the bottom and the top stem. Slice each zucchini into coins or cut them into small chunks, about an inch long and an inch wide.
Now we will blanch or semi-cook the zucchini. Blanching zucchini is easy. You will need a large pan, a large bowl, a large metal mesh strainer with a handle, a pasta colander, quart-sized Ziploc freezer bags, a clock with a second hand or a timer, ice, and water.
Fill a large pot with water and bring the water to a boil. Pull out your biggest colander and place it in the sink. Also, place a giant bowl in your sink filled with ice water.
Pull out your mesh metal strainer, the biggest one you have that will fit in your pot of boiling water and fill it with zucchini pieces.
Plunge your filled strainer into the boiling water for three minutes. Remove the strainer basket filled with zucchini pieces and immediately plunge it into the ice water to cool the vegetables off. Then dump them in the colander to drain and fill your strainer with more zucchini pieces. Repeat until all zucchini pieces are blanched and drained.
Let all of your zucchini pieces cool. Then fill Ziploc freezer bags with the zucchini and seal the bags. Lay the bags flat on top of each other. Place in your freezer. Freezing zucchini after blanching will allow the vegetables to last for 12 months. They will taste delicious plain or in your favorite recipes, such as soups and casseroles.
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