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Freezing Summer Squash

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Summer squash is plentiful when in season. Whether you have a home garden, buy your squash at the market, or farmer's market, freezing is an easy way to preserve some for later. This is a guide about freezing summer squash.
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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

Do you remove the seeds and the insides of the zucchini to freeze it? I don't know if you have to peel it and remove the seeds and such, or what you have to do to it to get it ready for the freezer.

Barb

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July 21, 20101 found this helpful
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Yellow and Zucchini squash can be picked when tender; wash, slice crossways, and blanch 1 min in boiling water, then place in ice water a few min to cool. Drain and place in freezer bags or containers.

I have also cooked them with onions and a few shredded carrots, let cool and placed into freezer bags. Don't allow the water content to be very much. This can then be made into a squash casserole by adding cream of chicken soup and layer with herbal stuffing mix. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and pour over the stuffing mix.

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July 17, 20101 found this helpful

We are growing zucchini in our garden, my question is can you freeze zucchini for later use?

By Vicki from Bonifay, FL

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Squash is Soft When Thawed

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Yes, but it will be very soft when thawed; like strawberries. It's wonderful in lasagna and casseroles.

By bkvander

Freezing and Thawing Instructions

Yes, you can freeze it. I peel it and take out the seeds first. Cut the squash in quarters and shred it in the food processor. I save all of my dip containers, icing containers, peanut butter jars, and sour cream containers and freeze about a cup in each container.

When I'm ready to use, I thaw it out on the countertop and then put it in a colander to get out all the excess liquid. Then add it to a recipe that calls for shredded zucchini. My family just loves my zucchini brownies and zucchini cake!

By luv2craft

Remove Extra Liquid Before Measuring

I froze mine last summer by shredding it, putting it into a container and freezing it, then transferring the frozen mass to a vacuum sealed bag. One thing to note is, when you thaw it, you will need to drain the excess liquid off before using it. I had measured mine into 4 cup containers for bread, but after thawing, I only had 2 cups. Something to keep in mind.

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By kayrayriggs

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October 5, 20091 found this helpful

What is the preferred way to freeze yellow squash and zucchini?

By ruthkri from MN

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Squash for Soups and Stews

Squash has a lot of water and turns to mush easily. I cook the squash with some onion and very little water. Then I puree it and freeze it for use in soups and stews, using 2 cup and quart containers.

By EGST

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August 4, 20091 found this helpful

What is the best way to freeze yellow summer squash?

Murray from Westbrook, Maine

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Wash and Freeze

I simply wash the squash with cold water and then slice to the thickness I want to use. I then freeze them in Ziploc bags. You can also lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze, then put in the Ziploc bag or other freezer container. If I am using zucchini, etc for bread or cake recipes, I shred it and pre measure it before freezing it.

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By hvnlyhills

Delicious Tomato Sauce

I dice, sauté with garlic and onions (and zucchini if I have it). I then freeze and use with diced tomatoes as a delicious tomato sauce. I serve it with grilled chicken. Even the kids eat it!

By Diana

Squash and Cherry Tomatoes

I wash and slice about an inch thick, zap in the micro for one minute only. Dunk in ice water and then drain. I pack with cherry tomatoes, halved in quart bags and freeze.

To cook, I put 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. I add 1 teaspoon chopped garlic from a jar, some Italian herbs, and the veggies. Drain out the water as it oozes out of the veggies, but set it aside.

As the veggies cook, they'll need more water. I add it back a little bit at a time until I've added back all the water. When cooked, I sprinkle some shredded Parmesan on top and that's it!

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