Preserving: Zucchini storage

By Salman Akhtar

Massive zucchinis are raining down from the skies at Better Farm!! Well, basically. While zucchini-related weather is a bit of an exaggeration, we have grown an impressive number of these delicious veggies this summer. As a result, we realized a need to learn a new trick – how to properly store zucchini. Here’s what we came up with:

  1. One of the ways to store zucchini over a long period of time is to freeze it. To do so, one must first wash their favorite zucchini (or any zucchini, you don’t need a preference for this to work).
  2. Next, cut your zucchini into ½ inch slices. For the next few steps, you will need a pot of boiling water on the stove, and a pot of ice-cold water on your counter.
  3. In the pot of boiling water, blanch your zucchini slices for about 3 minutes (Note: blanching is simply the process of boiling a fruit or vegetable for a short period of time).
  4. Remove your zucchini from the boiling water and place it in the ice-cold water for 5 minutes. If you’re doing more than one zucchini be sure to keep adding ice to the cold water to keep it, you know, cold.
  5. Remove the zucchini from the water and place it in a freezer bag/container, make the seal as airtight at possible, and move the bag or container into your freezer
  6. Celebrate your success!