Zuchinni is such a fun veggie to grow and even more fun to freeze and eat! Here are some of my favorite preservation tips when you have a few zuchinni you've been given or grown yourself.
Sliced, Then Frozen Zuchinni
This method is super simple. Just wash your zuchinni, keep the skins on and slice up entire zuchinni. Then place in proportional ziplock freezer bags. You want to just freeze enough in one bag for one meal so that you can take it out of the freezer the night before and thaw overnight in your fridge to be used for grilling the next day. Date and label, squeeze out all of the air and pop into the freezer to be used for grilling along side summer dishes! Make sure you use up the zuchinni after it's thawed so that it doesn't get overly mushy. This will keep for up to a year!
note: you can also do this as cubed and popped into a freezer bag :)
Grilled Zuchinni Recipe:
1) Place your thawed out zuchinni on paper towels to dry away the excess moisture.
2) Place them on an aluminum foil sheet with the edges lifted up.
3) Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, sea salt and drizzled with olive oil.
4) Place aluminum foil with the zuchinni on top rack of grill and cook in foil packed until desired doneness. I usually like to take them off the grill once the zuchinnis have turned translucent so that they have a bit of crunch but not over cooked. ENJOY!
Shredded, Then Frozen Zuchinni
Shredded Zuchinni is perfect for zuchinni bread or zuchinni muffins. This is the simplest method for preserving shredded zuchinni.
Step 1: wash and de-seed zuchinni.
Step 2: place zuchinni in food processor and shred or use a cheese grater manually.
Step 3: place zuchinni in strainer and press into strainer to remove excess water.
Step 4: once liquid is squeezed out, place shredded zuchinni in a measuring cup to measure out and place in freezer ziplock bags or freezer containers. Date and label and pop into freezer. This will keep for 6 months to a year !
When ready to use, just thaw overnight in fridge and squeeze out excess liquid and place into your recipe of choice!
So those are my favorite ways of preserving Zuchinni! I will leave you with a tasty recipe that works well as an appetizer or snack, enjoy!
Baked Parmesan Zuchinni Chips
Slice your Zuchinni about 1/4" thick and place on a sprayed aluminum foil sheet on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese and stick into a 425 degree oven for 15-20 mins. Once cheese is melted and lightly toasted, Allow to cool slightly and serve!