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Preservation: How To Freeze Zucchini Slices

by | Jul 25, 2021

In thinking of ways to preserve zucchini from my garden in different ways, I decided that I would try freezing zucchini into slices. The process that you will read about in the following post is simple, effective, and is a great way to keep those garden zucchini harvests fresh to enjoy at a later date!

*derived and modified from downshiftology.com

Directions:

  • Thoroughly wash/rinse the outside of whole zucchini to remove any dirt or debris.

  • Cut ends off of zucchini and slice into ~ 1/4’’ slices.

  • Blanch the zucchini slices to deactivate enzymes, which prevents it from becoming discolored and mushy when frozen. Complete blanching by adding zucchini slices to a pot of boiling water for 1 minute (do NOT add salt to the water).

  • After 1 minute of blanching, use a slotted spoon to transfer the blanched zucchini into an ice water bath, which is simply a pot/bowl of cold water and ice cubes. Allow the zucchini slices the ice water bath for 2 minutes.

  • Drain the zucchini slices from the ice water bath and place it onto paper towels or dish towels , then blot it dry.

  • Pre-freeze the zucchini by placing the slices onto a baking sheet (not touching one another) for 1-2 hours, or until its frozen. This ensures that the zucchini will not freeze together into one big clump.

  • Remove zucchini from baking sheet when it is frozen and place into freezer bags. You may store this in your freezing for up to one year!


Zucchini from our garden.

Zucchini from our garden.


Zucchini after slicing.

Zucchini after slicing.


Blanching.

Blanching.


Ice water bath after blanching.

Ice water bath after blanching.


Drying on towel after water bath.

Drying on towel after water bath.


After 2 hours of pre-freezing.

After 2 hours of pre-freezing.


Final product – packaged and ready for the freezer!