Preserving zucchini makes sure that we have homegrown zucchini all year long! Not to mention, it is a pretty great feeling to become more self-sufficient by preserving foods that you have grown yourself, don’t you think?
When you freeze zucchini, you are ready to defrost it anytime that you want to make zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini quiche, or whatever else your little heart desires!
Preserving Zucchini in the Freezer
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Have you wondered how to freeze zucchini without blanching it? I am going to show you how to store zucchini for use later. Preserved zucchini makes for delicious baked zucchini goodies later! Preserving zucchini can be quick and easy.
Just a few easy steps and the zucchini will stay good until you are ready to use it in your favorite zucchini recipes! This is one of my favorite food preservation tips!
I’ve told you about a couple of the things I make with zucchini like zucchini lasagna and zucchini bites (you WANT to check out that recipe…it is awesome). As it gets later in the fall, if I have surplus zucchini (and let’s face it if you have a garden, you HAVE surplus zucchini!), I always freeze it in containers or sandwich bags to preserve it for food storage.
How to Preserve Zucchini Grated
After I rinse the zucchini, to preserve the zucchini all I do is sit down at the dining room table and cut the zucchini into chunks. (I don’t peel the zucchini, but you can if you want to).
Once the zucchini is cut into chunks, just grate it with my Salad Shooter. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, the slicer/shredder attachment can also be used to grate the zucchini.
*Tip: My mother-in-law got me the Salad Shooter as a gift a few years back. I really love that thing— it’s great for grating or slicing zucchini and other vegetables, cheeses, chocolate… whatever! It is such a great tool to have in your kitchen and they are pretty reasonably priced! You should check it out!
How to Store Zucchini in the Freezer
Once the zucchini is grated, use a measuring cup to add 2 cups of the zucchini to sandwich-size Ziploc bags.
Next, pack it tightly, roll the bag to get out any excess air, and then seal the bag shut.
Now just toss the zucchini in the freezer! Or better yet, we always use our vacuum sealer and throw it in the deep freezer for maximum freshness and storage life! If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, I highly recommend it!
Now you have got preserved zucchini! Wasn’t that easy?
Now you can just take the preserved, grated zucchini out of the freezer and defrost it anytime you want to make zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, quiche, or an omelet with zucchini in it, or whatever marvelous zucchini creation!
(When you defrost it there will be a little bit of water in the bag. Just drain the zucchini in a colander prior to use or use a salad spinner. You could also drain it on a cheese cloth.) Voila! You can be using fresh zucchini in January… pretty sweet, huh?)
*Note: If you vacuum seal grated zucchini you are less likely to have excess water in the bag when you defrost it.
Now you no longer have to wonder: can you freeze zucchini without blanching? Aren’t you glad that you have learned this easy food storage trick?
Psst…scroll down for a free printable summarizing the information in this post!
Need ideas for what to do with that shredded zucchini? Check out my Easy Zucchini Dinners Recipes and Zucchini Bread Recipes posts!
Now that you know a super easy way to preserve your zucchini, you can check out some of my favorites from my shop below…or, if you prefer, scroll past the product photos for links to lots more food storage recipes!
More Recipes for Food Storage
It’s so great having food storage and becoming more self-reliant, right? Be sure to follow my emergency preparedness, food storage, and self-sufficiency board on Pinterest. You can also check out these other great food preservation tips:
How to Dehydrate Banana Chips with Cinnamon and Sugar
Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar
Preserving Strawberries with a Dehydrator
Canning Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
I want to tell you which ones are my favorites, but I love so many of them…it’s hard to choose!
Preserving Zucchini in the Freezer
Preserving zucchini is easy when you shred it, portion size it, and freeze it. Let me show you how to prep it for your food storage!
- Presto Salad Shooter (you could also use the slicer/shredder attachment on your KitchenAid Mixer).
- Large Measuring Cup
- Kitchen Knife
- Peel the zucchini (optional).
- Slice the zucchini into chunks that will fit in the Salad Shooter (or Kitchen Aid slicer/shredder attachment).
- Grate the zucchini into a large bowl.
- Measure the zucchini into 2 cup amounts and place in zippered sandwich bags.
- Press excess air out of sandwich bag before sealing.
- Freeze until needed for cooking.
- When needed for cooking, defrost/drain in a colander to remove excess water.
- The shredded zucchini is ready to use!
2 medium-sized zucchini makes 3-4 cups of shredded zucchini
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So tell me, What have you been doing with your zucchini and other produce this year? I’d love to know!
See you next time!
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P.S. Check out my other posts that use zucchini! 🙂
Wednesday 21st of July 2021
I’ve learned over the years that freezing grated zucchini gets real watery. A wise woman told me to add whatever oil the recipe calls for and it won’t get watery. I grate zucchini for bread. So I just add the 1 cup of vegetable oil to my grated zucchini and no watery mess or straining. Freeze and save for a later day when I want to make zucchini bread.
Friday 23rd of July 2021
Thanks so much for sharing. That's a really interesting idea. It that's great you found an alternative that works for you! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!
Saturday 12th of December 2020
Sandwich bage or freezer bags?
Sunday 13th of December 2020
Hi, Mai! I recommend sandwich bags. A gallon size freezer bag would have extra room for air, which could lead to freezer burn over time.
Saturday 29th of August 2020
I too love my salad shooter ! I use it mainly for potatoes, carrots , and zucchini. It is small easy to rinse off and I have given it as a gift. This year seems to be Lemon Zucchini bread. I have made a bunch. My husband does the lemon zesting for me. I use more zucchini and lemons than called for and it is great. I also love zucchini diced large in my spaghetti sauce. The trick is add it when your sauce is done just turn it off and add the zucchini so it doesn't get squishy.
Saturday 29th of August 2020
I love it in spaghetti sauce, too. The lemon zucchini bread you mentioned sounds delicious! I haven't made that yet!
Wednesday 19th of August 2020
I'm so happy I found this thread!!!! I have about 20 cups of zucchini to preserve right now & I've been DREADING the blanching process!!! Looks like I won't have to spend an entire day with that process!!!
Thursday 20th of August 2020
I never do! No heating up your kitchen when it is already hot outside! :)
Monday 20th of July 2020
I have been freezing zucchini this way for years. I don't drain it after thawing. It makes my bread and chocolate zucchini cake much moister than fresh grated or draining.
Tuesday 21st of July 2020
It really is a valuable thing to have in the freezer!