How to Store Zucchini

Overview

Zucchini plants can produce dozens of vegetables each summer. Even for a cook with plenty of zucchini recipes, from savory ratatouille to sweet zucchini bread, dealing with all of a year's crop can present a challenge--unless you pawn off the extra produce on friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Instead of resorting to this, freeze the extra crop for use at a later date, such as midwinter when zucchini is out of season.

Step 1

Wash zucchini and slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch disks.

Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook (blanch) the zucchini for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer the zucchini to a bowl of ice water and allow to cool.

Step 4

Freeze the cooked disks in plastic bags. They will be good for up to six months.

Things You'll Need

  • Zucchini
  • Knife
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Large bowl
  • Ice
  • Plastic bags
  • Freezer

References

  • Facts on Zucchini
  • Freezing Summer Squash
Keywords: zucchini, vegetable storage, blanching, freezing vegetables

About this Author

Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.