How to Freeze Zucchini

How to Freeze Zucchini

Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver Sep 21, 2022

This article will tell you how to freeze your zucchini and then thaw it and bake  with frozen zucchini. Your baking will be as good in the winter as it was in the summer.

You will find a recipe for a chocolate zucchini bread and a cinnamon chip zucchini bread recipe at the end of the article.  




Zucchini is 93% water. If you don’t get some of that water out, your batter will turn to soup. Some sites say to blanch your squash before freezing. We’ve never bothered, though we do press and drain the squash to remove much of the water.

We also add the grated squash to the batter last, gently stirring it in only until combined. Continuing to stir will force more water out of the squash making the batter wetter.

We have included the instructions for blanching if you choose to do so.

  1. Wash and trim the zucchini. If you are using large squash, remove the seedy pulp and save only the firmer flash. Do not skin.
  2. Grate the zucchini.
  3. Stir in a little salt—a teaspoon per large bowl will do. The salt will draw moisture from the squash. Let it sit in a bowl for an hour.
  4. Drain the grated squash in a colander. Gently press the grated squash with your hand to force off more water. Most of the salt will drain off with the water.
  5. Measure the squash in two cup increments and freeze in freezer bags. Place your frozen zucchini in a freezer. The freezer part of your refrigerator is not as cold.

How to Blanche Zucchini for Freezing

  1. Place a small amount of squash in a steamer basket or sieve, no more than 3/4-inch deep.
  2. Bring two inches of water to a rapid boil on the stovetop.
  3. Place the squash above the boiling water and place a lid on the pot to capture the steam.
  4. Steam for about two minutes or until the squash turns translucent.
  5. Drain off the excess water and repeat with other batches. Freeze as above.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Bakers Notes: Learn More Here

Here's how to make chocolate zucchini bread.

See how to make Cinnamon Chip Zucchini Bread.

Learn more about cinnamon chips here.

You may also be interested Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread.

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