How to Freeze Zucchini Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

If you have a garden you know that the end of Summer brings you lots of zucchini!  Actually, even if you don’t have a garden, but have a friend or family member with a garden, then you probably have a counter filled with zucchini too!  Zucchini, it’s the plant that keeps on giving!

Now what are you going to do with those 15 zucchini? Ok, I have some recipe ideas for you.  There’s Zucchini Nuggets.  Yum. There’s Zucchini Bread with Lemon Glaze.  Classic yum.  And there’s Zucchini Cookies.  More yum.  But you still have 10 zucchini left.  What are you going to do?

Don’t worry – you can freeze zucchini, keeping it to use for a year!  And even better, it’s so easy to do! 

Can you freeze zucchini without blanching?

Yes, you absolutely can!  This method saves you time without having to bring a big pot of water to a boil and then doing a water bath.  The secret is that instead of chopping it into pieces, you want to shread it.    This allows you to freeze the zucchini without blanching!

This is my favorite method to freeze zucchini, one I’ve been using for years.   I’m known to make homemade zucchini bread every single month in the year, so I love being able to pull a bag of shredded zucchini out of my freezer!

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

How to Freeze Zucchini

  1. Hold up, take a step back, and admire that garden beauty if you grew it.  God damn, it’s gorgeous! High 5! This is one of our MASSIVE zucchini. I actually got 8 cups of zucchini from this guy! WOWZERS!
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  2. Chop off the the top and bottom of the zucchini.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  3. Now it’s time to shred this up.  You can use a grater for exercise, or you can use a shredding blade with the food processor. I needed some exercise so I hand grated it.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
    You’ll probably have a big bowl of shredded zucchini by the time you’re done.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  4. Decide how you want to separate it. I like to separate it into 1 and 2 cup bags.  Most of my recipes call for 1 or 2 cups zucchini, so this makes it easier to use instead of freezing it all together.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  5. Place the shredded zucchini into freezer bags.  (I always buy these in bulk during the Summer).
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  6. You really want to try to get all the air out of the bags.  For this, I like to use the straw trick where you suck the air out of the bag with the straw and then zip it.  It works perfectly!
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  7. Write on the bags to label what it is, and how many cups are in each bag.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  8. Now freeze it!  Wasn’t that easy?

How to Defrost Zucchini

Now it’s time to take the zucchini out of the freezer and cook with it.  Defrosting zucchini is easy, here’s how.

  1. Take the zucchini out of the freezer.  To show you how fresh it stays and the color it keeps, this is zucchini that is 5 months old.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  2. Place the zucchini either in the refrigerator to defrost naturally overnight, or pop in the microwave to defrost in a couple minutes.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  3. Once it’s defrosted, add the zucchini to a strainer and gently press down on it.  Your zucchini probably has some added water in it, so we want to make sure we get rid of all that extra water, especially if we’re baking with it.
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!As you can see, there was quite a bit of water we squeezed out of it!
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
  4. Now you have your fresh zucchini defrosted to throw in recipes!
    Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

How long does frozen zucchini last for?

Shreded frozen zucchini can easily last for a year.   Since it’s shredded, you won’t find the texture weird when baking it in breads, or cooking it in casseroles or nuggets.  It also makes a great zucchini soup!

Hope this “How to Freeze Zucchini” post helps you with your many zucchini you’ve harvested!

More Freezing Tips

Need help freezing green beans? Make sure you check out my How to Freeze Green Beans post too!
Here’s how to freeze bok choy.
Love peaches? Here’s how to freeze peaches.
Not garden related, but here’s my favorite method on how to freeze cake.

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Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

 

How to Freeze Zucchini Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
Keyword how to freeze zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Zucchini

Instructions

  1. Take a step back, and admire that garden zucchini if you grew it.  God damn, it's gorgeous! High 5!

  2. Chop off the the top stem and bottom of the zucchini.
  3. Now it’s time to shred this up. You can use a grater for exercise, or you can use a shredding blade with the food processor.

  4. Decide how you want to separate it. I like to separate it into 1 and 2 cup bags. Most of my recipes call for 1 or 2 cups zucchini, so this makes it easier to use instead of freezing it all together.
  5. Place the shredded zucchini into freezer bags.
  6. You really want to try to get all the air out of the bags. For this, I like to use the straw trick where you suck the air out of the bag with the straw and then zip it. It works perfectly!
  7. Write on the bags to label what it is, and how many cups are in each bag. Freeze it.

  8. Time to defrost the zucchini? Take the zucchini out of the freezer.
  9. Place the zucchini either in the refrigerator to defrost naturally overnight, or pop in the microwave to defrost in a couple minutes.
  10. Once it’s defrosted, add the zucchini to a strainer and gently press down on it. Your zucchini probably has some added water in it, so we want to make sure we get rid of all that extra water, especially if we’re baking with it.
  11. Now you have your fresh zucchini defrosted to throw in any recipe you want!

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