We have made just about every recipe we can think of with zucchini. We have sauteed zucchini on the stove, we have cooked them on the barbecue grill and have even incorporated them into other dishes. We have made several different breads, cakes and desserts. As much as we love the beloved zucchini, we are running out of not only ideas but the appetite for zucchini. If you are like us and continue to harvest zucchinis from your garden and would like some other ideas, you can preserve zucchini for future use. Here are some of the best ways we have found to store zucchini.
One way to keep zucchini for longer storage is to freeze zucchini. This is convenient as you just pull it out of the freezer as needed. You can shred and freeze the zucchini which could later be used to make zucchini breads, cakes or even added to sauces or other dishes. You could also slice and freeze the zucchini to either cook or sautee at a later date. If you choose to freeze the zucchini, we would recommend you to spread it out onto a cookie sheet to fully freeze before individually packing into baggies or containers. If we freeze zucchini, we typically pack it into bags that we vacuum seal with our foodsaver. You will find a link below to the foodsaver we use.
Another way you can keep zucchini for longer storage is to dehydrate zucchini. You simply dice, slice, or shred zucchini and dehydrate it for future use. You can easily re-hydrate the zucchini by adding it to soups or sauces as needed. You can also re-hydrate it to be sauteed or fried. Once you dehydrate the zucchini, you need to store it in an air-tight container. We store our dehydrated foods in canning jars that we vacuum seal or in French canning jars which are also air-tight. You will find a link below to the food dehydrator we use. It is an inexpensive model but it works well for our use. We also like how it is rectangular in shape making it easier to store.
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Please share if you have any other ideas of how to use or keep zucchini for future use. We would love to hear how you are using your zucchini. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown! We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.