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Shredding zucchini for freezer storage

Shredding zucchini for freezer storage

Lets face it, zucchini is one of those garden crops that is always abundant.  Your family and neighbors so as to avoid being given yet another couple zucchinis.  Because we have so much we are finally left with taking care of all that zucchini.  Rather than let ours go to waste we have taken to shredding our zucchini, putting two cups into a quart sized bag and then freezing it.

What are the best ways of shredding zucchini?

Initially we used a box shredder we had on hand to shred our days harvest of zucchini.  While it worked and didn’t cost us any money the darn thing was VERY time consuming to use.

Box shredder for shredding zucchini
Box shredder for shredding zucchini

As a result of this guy growing tired of using that thing we talked it over and finally decided to break down and purchase a food processor.  Without a doubt, it is far less work or time consuming to use our little food processor.  Because I’ve seen how much faster and easier the food processor makes this task I’ve absolutely got to recommend it.  Unless you only plan on shredding a few zucchini the process is the only way to go.

In addition, I might add that we decided to go with a low end food processor model and spent around $30 total.  Any food processor you can find capable of shredding will work.

We put two cups of zucchini in each freezer bag

Today we sat down and shredded the zucchini from the garden.  At the end of this little project we had 22 cups of it to put in the freezer for zucchini bread we all love.  To date we now have over 100 cups of shredded zucchini processed.

Our favorite recipe calls for 2 cups of zucchini so we pre-measured into into quart size freezer bags.

Shreddeing zucchini for freezer storage
Shredding zucchini and placing in quart bags for freezing

Here they are ready to go into the freezer.

Why shred and store in quart sized freezer bags

Shredding your zucchini and storing in freezer bags like shown in the above picture really maximizes space in your freezer.  It stacks well with very little waste space.

Most noteworthy, we have discovered that as a result of shredding and putting two cups of it into each baggie that it becomes easier to offload on friends and family.  They’re more willing to take it when it requires no work on their part.

Do you want to maximize the amount of zucchini you get from your garden and make it easier to control insects? Pruning your zucchini will help.