Monday, September 15, 2008

Freezing Zucchini

I'm very disappointed in my vegetable garden this summer. I planted 9 tomato plants, 3 cherry tomato plants and I guess it was 6 zucchini plants. As I stated in a previous post, (read Here for that and for my zucchini bread recipe) we had a lot of rain this summer. So I think I got out of all those plants 5 tomatoes, and they were really small ones. And a couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes. Other years I had so many tomatoes I couldn't keep up with them. Which was great I would be able to make sauce and even freeze some of it. Other years I had so many cherry tomatoes I was giving them away to the neighbors. Oh well, this summer was a bust for the tomatoes.

But I managed to get a reasonable amount of zucchini out of the garden. I think I had maybe about 14 or 15 zucchini that managed to grow this summer. I made some zucchini bread with some of the zucchini. But the problem with zucchini, just like all vegetables is that by the end of the summer you have a bunch of them all at once. I had them all in the refrigerator, but they wouldn't last to long in their. So I decided to freeze them.

I'm just using them for zucchini bread. So what I did was shred it, measuring 2 cups at a time. And then putting them into ziploc baggies. Because it takes 2 cups of shredded zucchini to make a batch of the zucchini bread. (this will actually make 2 loaves of bread) So I figured when I want to make some zucchini bread, all I have to do is grab a bag of the frozen zucchini and I can make some bread. I tried it last week with one of the frozen bags of zucchini, and the bread came out great. I hope it will stay good frozen for the rest of the winter, because with what I froze I will be able to make about 14 loaves of zucchini bread!

Here's a few pictures of the shredding and the bags of zucchini:


(See similar post here: Freeze Your Bananas)

7 comments:

  1. oh no the weather always seems to ruin everything. at least you got quite a bit of zucchini out of it though ;)

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  2. I had gardening woes this year too :(

    Our problem was not enough rain when the growing season started. Then it was bugs, blight, rabbits & deer.

    I did manage to get a nice amount of tomatoes, green beans and potatoes after the struggles :)

    I did start freezing my over-ripe bananas like you suggested. It's time for banana bread!

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  3. Nice! I hesitated to freeze the shredded zukes because I didn't know how they'd do in baking, but I will definitely break out my grater now!

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  4. Thanks for your comments everyone. Also don't be surprised when you go to use it if it's a little watery. I put it in the bread mix and was nervous at first because it was somewhat watery. But the bread turned out fine.

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  5. hehehe i sometimes dislike that!:(

    happy monday!:)

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  6. I do that with extra zucchini too. I also use it in soups during the winter - it adds another little bit of nutrition without an overwhelming flavor or texture, so you can add it to lots of different types of soup.

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  7. Thanks for the tip Catherine. I'll try it in soup sometime.

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