Zucchini, Zucchini, and More Zucchini…

by Merissa on July 18, 2012

in Canning and Preserving, Featured

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I started out with this....

Shredded it til I thought my hand was going to fall off....

And finally ended up with this, 27 cups equals 9 bags or 18 loaves of zucchini bread!

It's that time of year, we have that surplus we are trying to figure out what to do with. I try and freeze and can as much as possible for the winter. Here are a few recipes for zucchini that I've posted previously to help you use up the surplus! Happy baking and preserving!

Zucchini Bread

Healthified Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Brownies 

Zucchini Cakes

Banana Zucchini Muffins

Preserving Squash or Zucchini Video

Get even more Quick Zucchini Recipes!

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1 Brenda August 18, 2010 at 3:30 am

We have lots of zucchini, too. I've been making zucchini bread and freezing it, and every week we eat something with zucchini in it. We also have tons of tomatoes, so my husband has been bringing a lot to share with his co-workers.

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2 Merissa August 18, 2010 at 3:42 am

I'm jealous! I don't have any big tomatoes at all, only little ones. Which I like because I like making sun dried tomatoes. But this means I'll have to buy tomatoes to can:(

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3 Kristi Tibbs July 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

How did you know I was just wondering if there was a way to freeze zucchini!? Thanks!

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4 Todd N Dina Johnson July 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

I so wish I lived closer… I would LOVE to help you out on your abundance… this is our first year gardening and things are not turing out so well :( ofcourse here in Eastern Idaho, we don’t get started planting until the first week of june and even then it is not totally safe – hence the reason I no longer have pumpkin plants because of a late freeze killing them :(

Totally learning as we go… kinda fun, kinda frustrating… totally worth it!

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5 Linda B August 25, 2012 at 7:32 am

Try hoop houses. They can extend your growing season by a month or two each way-depending upon what you’ve planted and how diligent you are in keeping them up. We actually have harvested root crops into Dec/Jan and have harvested spinach and lettuces, etc as early as Feb/early March. Happy gardening!!

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6 Little House on the Prairie Living July 18, 2012 at 8:24 am

Make sure you watch the video I linked to at the bottom of this post as well…most people don’t know you can freeze zucchini AND squash but it has a little trick to it!

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7 Kristi Tibbs July 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

I was just watching the video. Thanks for the tip!

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8 Mel Free July 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

When we lived in Northern California & EVERYTHING grew well in our garden, there used to be a Zucchini joke going around: “Remember to lock your car or else you will come back to find it filled with Zucchini!”..and, it was true, too..you couldn’t give the stuff away! ;)

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9 Jo July 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

I found an OLD recipe for zucchini MILK!! All you do is zip up the zucchini till it is creamy (I use my vitamix), then use it in recipes that call for “milk” like meatloaf etc. Reall ups the nutrition content! I freeze mine flat in ziplock baggies to use all year long. Would also be fantastic in summer pasta salads..

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10 Merissa July 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

Wow, that’s cool!

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11 Anastasia Luyk Denton July 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

An over abundance of zucchini makes for great batting practice! Wonderful childhood memories!

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12 Jodi Johannesen July 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

If you shred the zucchini and add water, do you get the same results?

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13 Merissa July 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Zucchini already has enough water in it to freeze so you don’t have to add any to the shreds.

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14 Todd N Dina Johnson July 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

can this be dehydrated and what would the shelf life be? Thanks!

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15 Pm Edge July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I love zucchinin nut bread and freeze that too. Yummy!!

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16 RevAllyson July 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

There are also zucchini puffs, a delicious “pancake” of sorts that is reminiscent of potato pancakes but with much less carbs and a LOT more flavor. They taste equally good with sour cream or apple sauce. I don’t have a recipe on hand but if you Google it I’m sure you’ll find a gazillion recipes.

I also use grated zuch in soups, stews, and spaghetti sauces. It kind of disappears into the mess, and no one notices it’s there, filling them with vitamins and fiber. ;) I plan on using my dehydrator to dry the grated zuch this year, and then using the dried stuff in the sauces. The frozen stuff I’ll keep for bread. *grin*

How about zucchini boats (ground turkey mixed with spices, rice, cheese, poured into hollowed length-cut zuch and grilled under the broiler for a few)? Also, try cutting zuch really thin and using it in place of lasagna noodles – it’s a bit liquidy but the flavor is to die for! I also take fat slabs of zuch and marinate them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a bit of garlic… then grill them on the bbq while I’m making burgers. Mix up some corn meal and such and make zuch sticks and serve up with ranch dressing (a favorite in our house). :)

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17 Little House on the Prairie Living July 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Todd N Dina, I believe my mom dehydrates it, I will ask her about it.

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18 Lisa July 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I just dehydrated zucchini and powdered it to put into recipes. I read about doing this and then oven canning it to keep it fresh and no bugs could get in.

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19 Jodi Johannesen July 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

What about shredded zucchini?

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20 Daniell powell July 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

I just watched your video on how to preserve squash. I found it on Pinterest. Is there any trick to defrosting it? Do you just thaw it in your sink? Or does the fridge work better?

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21 Merissa July 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

I thaw it either in my sink or in the fridge in a bowl, never in the microwave.

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22 Misty August 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I froze shredded zucchini once, and when I defrosted it all the water had separated out. I didn’t know if I should drain the water out or keep it so that the bread would have enough liquid. What should I do?

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23 Merissa August 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I always drain the water out before I use it.

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24 Ronda July 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I also use it shredded in meatloaf and sloppy joes to stretch the ground meat. My family has no idea it’s in there. It really helps if you have a picky eater to get them to eat their veggies. You can probably use it in any ground meat recipe just shredded it real fine.

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25 Merissa July 3, 2013 at 6:34 am

Great idea!

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26 kellie August 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I can’t get the video to work (internet problems on my end :( ) Anyway, I have a ton of zucchini to freeze. My only question is: do I have to blanch it? From your photos is looks like I just shred and freeze?
Thanks for putting your blog together for us newbie gardeners :)

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27 Merissa August 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The video is on how to freeze pieces. Otherwise you can just shred and freeze. Super Simple!

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28 kellie August 31, 2013 at 5:52 am

Thanks!

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29 Tracy September 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Do I peel it and what about the seeds do I take them out and leave them when I shredd it

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30 Merissa September 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

You don’t have to peel it if you don’t want to, that’s totally up to you. And we just leave the seeds in as long as the zucchinis aren’t too big.

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31 Katie Turner July 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

My kids have always enjoyed making zucchini boats for the bathtub, outdoor pool, etc. Just right for small GI Joes :-). My sons range from 3 yrs old to 21 yrs, so many more zucchini boats are in my future.

Has anyone tried making zucchini chips in the dehydrator? I would like to try. I wonder about seasonings, etc??

I am new to site and SO happy to find it. Makes me happy I am sick in bed today…almost. ;-). My friend brought me two large coolers full of yellow and zucchini squash to can earlier this week. Perhaps that’s what sent me to my sickbed…haha!

I thank God for His Bounty!!

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32 Merissa July 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I really would like to make zucchini chips but haven’t tried it yet. I’ve seen them topped with sea salt and Parmesan cheese which I think sounds so good! I’m glad you found our little neck of the internet too, welcome!

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33 Cindy July 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm

A food processor makes FAST work of shredding the zucchini. With my arthritis in my hands, I just can’t do it by hand any more. If you don’t have a food processor, consider investing in one. It makes speedy work with many things, including salsa!

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