So this is the first of a series I'm going to do thanks to a few awesome readers asking me about the next step..I've bought all these veggies at the u-pick farm...NOW WHAT?!
( note: I do not claim to be an expert, this is the first year that I've tried this - with the help of my friend Google (lol), I'm just really hoping for the best and that I can save my family some money! )
So here is what I do with the zucchini's!
2. Cut or Shred, or do both to your zucchini. I do both because I like the cut up chunks for spaghetti sauce or other recipes, and I love the shredded for loaves, brownies, etc.
3. Label and date your freezer bags, and then load them up with the zucchini . This is where you'll have to look ahead and see how much you would need for certain recipes. For my chunks I tend to cut up one average zucchini..and for shredded I do about 2.5 or 3 cups. Then you'll want to put a straw in the bag and suck out the air and quickly zip the bag shut. Less air means less frost/freezerburn.
4. Freeze! ( i can't seem to find any info on how long you can keep it in your freezer, sorry..I'm not too concerned because I know that I'll likely run out of frozen zucchini after a couple months!)
Note: There is mixed info out there on whether or not you should blanch your zucchini before freezing(when you do the chunk cuts)..I've heard personally that the cut n freeze method works fine, so i'm gonna go easy and see how it works for me!
So..what do you with your zucchini? Do you blanch first? do you just cut n freeze? What do you like to make with zucchini?