Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dehydrating and Freezing Zucchini For Soups

Normally when I dehydrate zucchini, I slice it in a coin shape and lay them to dry on the dehydrator. This past time, I wanted to try something different. The large round pieces are rubbery when I try to use them whole after they have been dehydrated. I have to crush the pieces and use them smaller in omelets etc.

When I have frozen zucchini in the past, I have only frozen it shredded to use in zucchini bread. I bought some stir-fry vegetables a few weeks ago and they had zucchini chunks in it. So, I thought to myself, I can do that.

I like zucchini in soups and stir-fry's but wanted to try a different approach. I was blessed to get two crates of zucchini from the food bank. They received about 20 crates and they were giving them away as quickly as they could but they were going to go bad before they could give them all away so I took two of the crates and thought I would try a few things.

I cut the zucchini length wise into a cross. I then froze them in Ziploc bags writing the date on them so I could just put them in soups or use them in stir-fry all ready to go. I then washed and cut some up to dehydrate in this new way.

I placed them onto the dehydrator just in those chunks wondering if they would dry OK. They seemed to dry just fine and I was excited about it hoping they will turn out better for use in stir-fry and omelets than the bigger round coin shaped zucchini.

I haven't used them yet in anything but I will let you know how they work out. I have been busy with end of the year events for the girls. However, I am excited about the new way of freezing the zucchini to give me more options when we have bags of zucchini hitting us from every neighbor. I must say, it has never gone to waste, we always use every one. Now I just have a few more ways to use them. Aren't I the blessed one!

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