How to freeze shredded zucchini in perfect portions
Zucchini is a really versatile vegetable, but at the end of the summer, gardens are bursting with this bountiful squash and it can be difficult to use it all before it spoils.
Good news, zucchini can be frozen in perfect portions and used in your recipes all year round!
Grate, Chop, or Slice?
There are a few different ways to prepare your zucchini for the freezer. It is best to prepare it in a way that your household will use it up the most.
For freezing in portions we are sticking to grating our zucchini.
If you want to slice your zucchini and freeze it, you can check out this great post from Downshiftology on how to do that.
Ways to shred your zucchini
We use 2 main methods to grate our zucchini, depending on how much we are working with.
For smaller volumes of squash you can use a box grater (cheese grater) – and there is no need to remove the skin!
With the large number of zucchini we have, we chose to use a food processor with a grating attachment to make this process go much faster.
To blanche or not to blanche
You will see many opinions on this, and ultimately, it depends on what you want to use your frozen zucchini for.
For this method, we opt to not blanche our grated zucchini but instead, wring out the liquid using a clean tea towel.
Removing the moisture in shredded zucchini
Before you start grating your zucchini, line a medium to large bowl with a clean tea towel. As you grate, add the zucchini to the bowl.
Then, use the tea towel to wring out the excess liquid into the bowl. Transfer the zucchini to your Souper Cubes trays.
Allow the zucchini cubes to freeze for 4 hours minimum, and then you can pop them out of the molds, and transfer to a freezer-safe container.
How to thaw and use frozen shredded zucchini
To use your frozen shredded zucchini, place the blocks in a colander over a bowl. This way as the zucchini defrosts, the moisture goes into the bowl and out of your shredded zucchini.
You can even give it a good squeeze in a tea towel again, if it is really moist. But remember, it is the moisture in the zucchini that you want for baking!
To get started using up your frozen zucchini, try our freezer friendly zucchini bread recipe, that is even baked in our 1 cup trays!
Another great way to use your shredded zucchini cubes is to add them to smoothies and soups!
Step by Step (in pictures) how to freeze shredded zucchini
- If you are using oversized zucchinis, chop them into manageable sized pieces. Skip this step if you are using small zucchinis that you can easily hold with one hand.
- Grate your zucchini (no need to remove the peel) using either a box grater, or a food processor with a grate attachment.
- Drape a clean tea towel over a large bowl and place the shredded zucchini on top of the tea towel.
- When the bowl is 75% full, wring out the excess moisture into the bowl. Discard the water.
- Transfer the shredded zucchini to your preferred size Souper Cubes tray. Freeze for a minimum of 4 hours, and then you can transfer to a freezer safe container.
That is really how simple it is to freeze your bounty of zucchini in perfect portions to use them in recipes all year round!
We would love to know how you use your frozen shredded zucchini, so let us know in the comments below!