As we can imagine, zucchini is among the most-enjoyed foods, one we can make more than a thousand recipes out of.
Still, to preserve it for long periods of time, we necessarily need to freeze it. Luckily, it is possible to freeze both raw and cooked zucchini.
Keep reading to find out how.
How long do frozen zucchini survive?
To have zucchini ready during winter, we can store it in the freezer in the way we prefer.
We can preserve it for 8 months up to one year. Specifically, we can preserve blanched zucchini for 9-14 months. Meanwhile, we can preserve vacuum-packed zucchini for 7 or 8 months.
How to freeze raw and cooked zucchini: the perfect method
If we wish to freeze a zucchini sauce, we should first cook the zucchini with a shallot and a little oil in a frying pan. Then we garnish it with combined pepper and salt. We transfer the result into a well-sealed container and go on to freeze it.
But if we wish, we can cook the zucchini in the oven, on the grill, or on a griddle plate. Then they need to cool completely before going into the freezer. We should only put them in the freezer after spreading them out neatly on a tray. After 2 hours, we should transfer them into a freezer bag and place them into the freezer. Afterward, they just need to be heated up a few minutes before being eaten.
For a quick recipe, we can boil them in a pot of water after dicing them. After a few minutes, we can put them under cold water, dry them, and place them in the freezer.
If, on the other hand, we decide to freeze raw zucchini, we should know that this is how we can preserve all the characteristics of the zucchini. It is important not to freeze them whole. They need to be cut in the way we prefer after having washed and dried them. Then we just need to lay them out on a tray, leaving space between them. Leave them for no less than 120 minutes in the freezer. After this time, we can divide them into portions in freezer bags.
We can also make a pesto out of raw zucchini. We just need to blend them along with pine nuts, olive oil, and grated parmesan.
We can also choose to preserve vacuum-packed zucchini. In this case, we need to use a vacuum sealer.
Now all you have to do is choose the method that best suits your needs.
Enjoy your work.