Monday, October 14, 2013

Save the Veggies!

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Zucchini was all the rage in our little world this summer. It seemed like it was literally growing out of our friend's and family's ears! Summer is still hanging on for some of us so I wanted to squeeze this post in before it was long gone.

 I don't like to waste food so I try to use up what we've been given, even if that means we have a freezer full of zucchini baked goods. I couldn't bring myself to bake another loaf of this or this so I decided to freeze the zucchini I had leftover from our garden growing friends and family. 

I was a little leery about freezing such a weird veggie. It gets watery and mushy easily so I wanted to make sure I did it right. 


Essentially the goal is to blanch the zucchini, or any other summer veggie you want to freeze to later cook with. 

Here's how:

+ wash veggie and chop into bite sized pieces

+ bring a large pot of water to a boil

+ carefully add the chopped veggie and let boil for 1-2 minutes

+ immediately drain and rinse in cold water

+ dump veggies into an ice bath {a bowl of ice water}

+ drain and pour veggies onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet

+ pop into the freezer for an hour or two

+ transfer veggies from the cookie sheet to a freezer bag

+ label with veggie name and date

That's it! Super easy, relatively quick, and painless. Now we have our freezer stocked with a delicious summer veggie that we can enjoy out of season. I am also going to try this method with fresh, garden green beans. I'm sure it will be successful too!

Have you ever used this method? 

4 comments:

  1. I've never frozen zucchini before, but when I was growing up, my Mom always used the blanching method for freezing green beans from our garden!

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  2. I've never tried this, but I'm going to bookmark for next year! I love fall and winter, but miss the freshness of our summer meals. Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

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  3. What a great idea! I can't wait to have a bigger freezer so I can save so much more!

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  4. I wish I had a big enough freezer to fit a cookie sheet in it! :)

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