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How to Freeze Zucchini

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: How-to
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: American

Description

How to Freeze Zucchini – learn how to freeze shredded zucchini, slices, quarters and zoodles! Your go-to guide on freezing zucchini!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 or more fresh zucchini

Instructions

Slices:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
  2. Bring a small/medium sauce pan of water to a boil. 
  3. Meanwhile, get an ice bath ready by filling a medium mixing bowl with cold water and ice.
  4. Place the zucchini slices in the boiling water for 30 seconds – 1 minute. 
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately place in the ice bath until cool. 
  6. Remove and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  7. Place on a baking sheet so the slices aren’t touching (single layer) and place in the freezer until frozen (about 1-2 hours). 
  8. Then place in a freezer-safe storage bag for 3-4 months (don’t for get to label your bag). 

Quarters:

  1. After you have reached Step 6 of the Slicing section above, simply use a knife to cut the zucchini slices into quarters. Then place in a freezer-safe bag and freezer for 3-4 months. 

Shredded:

  1. Wash and cut off ends of zucchini.
  2. Using either a box grater or food processor grate zucchini.
  3. Place shredded zucchini on top of cheesecloth and squeeze out as much water was you possibly can.
  4. Place zucchini shreds in a mason jar (pack it pretty tight) or a freezer-safe bag. 
  5. Freeze for up to 3-4 months. 

Zoodles:

  1. Use a spiralizer to make some zoodles (aka zucchini noodles).
  2. Bring a small/medium sauce pan of water to a boil. 
  3. Meanwhile, get an ice bath ready by filling a medium mixing bowl with cold water and ice.
  4. Place the zucchini noodles in the boiling water for 15-30 seconds. 
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately place in the ice bath until cool. 
  6. Remove and pat dry with a paper towel. 
  7. Place on a baking sheet so the noodles aren’t touching as little as possible (single layer) and place in the freezer until frozen (about 1-2 hours). 
  8. Then place in a freezer-safe storage bag for 3-4 months (don’t for get to label your bag).
  9. Note: you can skip the blanching process if you want, but at least try and squeeze out some extra water from the noodles before freezing. 

Notes

  • Pre-Measure: definitely try and measure out your zucchini (especially the shredded version) before freezing. Super easy to know you have 1 cup or 2 cups in a package for later use! 

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