Monday, August 23, 2010

Freezing Courgettes: One Way to Deal With the Annual Glut


One of the problems with growing courgettes (or zucchini if you prefer) is that at this stage of the late summer you find that you have more courgettes than you know what to do with. The usual view is that you cannot freeze them successfully, however in my experience this is only partially true. First of all freezing works best with smaller courgettes as the larger ones contain too much water. Secondly, you may find that for some cooking uses the flavour and texture of your previously frozen courgette is, frankly, a little bit weird. However, for roasting in a little olive oil (cooked from frozen) the taste and texture is indistinguishable from fresh ones.

What you need to do is slice your courgettes (about 1/2 cm to 1 cm thickness) and spread the slices out over a metal baking tray and put in the freezer. Once your courgette slices are frozen then remove from the baking tray and put in a freezer bag. They keep for about six months.

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5 comments:

allotments4you.com said...

I always thought that freezing courgettes would make them turn to mush due to the water content....I am glad to know that this isn't the case now....though I wish I knew before I had some bigger than my marrows....lol

Jo said...

I've never tried freezing courgette, I'll have to give it a go.

Dunappy said...

You can also puree it as a soup base and put it in pint freezer containers and freeze that. I've also pickles quite a large batch as well.

Sinclair said...

I definitely do NOT have a glut this year, and am having to get most of mine from others' gardens. However, I am determined to put some away for the winter, and my favorite method is dehydrating. I have begun this week, but I find that we are eating the zuke chips almost as fast as I am drying them! They are yummy as snacks, as well as being good in winter soups. I have an indoor electric dehydrator and it takes about 48 hours.

Nearly 50 and trying to be Frugal .... said...

Any ideas what to do with a huge amont of tomatoes??