A Fast and Easy Method to Freezing Squash

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As I write this, I know I will get some resistance to this idea, but, I must share the incredible method I recently learned. I received a vacuum food sealer for my birthday this year, and I love it. It seals meat to perfection; allowing for stockpiling sale finds for several months in the freezer. As I tested it on other foods, such as strawberries, my love started to wane a bit. It was not successful at sealing any veggies or fruit with high water content; therefore, making it is difficult to seal soggy, blanched food.

I found myself stuck with a bounty of zucchini and yellow squash at the beginning of the summer and needed to find a way to keep it for later use. My new found passion of canning had only developed as far as the water bath method, so pressure canning was not an option for the squash. I turned online for a solution and found many experienced preservers were vacuum sealing squash without first blanching. A shocking discovery for someone whose mother blanched everything before freezing.

Could this be possible? Could it be as easy as slicing and sealing? I found the answer was yes. I know I am going against everything my mother, grandmother, aunt, and mother-in-law have ever taught me about freezing vegetables for future enjoyment. Yes, it is true; no more standing over the hot oven and trying to get the scalding, slippery substance in plastic bags.

Make sure the squash is completely dry before vacuum sealing it.
Make sure the squash is completely dry before vacuum sealing it. | Source

A Stress-free Process

Make sure the squash is clean and thoroughly dry before slicing. I slice the squash into round discs; this allows for various purposes such as frying and casseroles. Take a clean paper towel and blot the discs before placing in vacuum bags. Now, follow the directions for your specific sealer.

Each source I found that recommended the no-blanch method, gave a maximum of four to six months to keep the squash frozen. This is a shorter time than blanching or canning provides, but, I think the trade off worth it

Follow the instructions according to your specific sealer.
Follow the instructions according to your specific sealer. | Source
Vacuum sealed squash that has not been blanched will last in freezer four to six month.
Vacuum sealed squash that has not been blanched will last in freezer four to six month. | Source

About the Author

Catherine Dean is a freelance writer, gardener, quilter, and blogger. Her professional background includes nonprofit program development, grant writing, and volunteer management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Georgia College & State University.

Her blog, Sowing A Simple Harvest, chronicles a modern couple trying to live a simplistic, sustainable life. To explore Catherine's professional credentials, visit her website. She can also be followed on Google+.

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Joseph Dean 4 years ago from Macon, Georgia

I'm sure Mrs. Dean wouldn't approve of not blanching first. Straight sin!


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

I'm sure she would not!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I just got a vacuum sealer at a thrift store for three dollars. I am going to use it for squash. We love squash and zucchini and long for it in winter. Thanks for the tips and the great Hub.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

Wow, now that was an awesome find Hyphenbird. You will enjoy using it so much. I have but I paid a lot more than three bucks...great deal.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I wish I had found this while I still had some squash in my garden! I have tried everything I can think of to keep squash over the winter, but it always turns soggy. I have a vacuum sealer that we don't use much anymore, I wish I had tried it on the squash! Voted this up and useful! Have a great day! :)


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

Thanks so much! I was sooo happy to discover this. My squash always got freezer burn before the winter was over. This method is so easy and quick. Thanks for stopping by!


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Joseph Dean 4 years ago from Macon, Georgia

Just fried some squash I picked up from the Fall Line Farmer's Market located in Milledgeville, Georgia.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

Yum!!!! Fried squash is a wonderful summer dish.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I don't can anymore, though I grew up with a mother who canned almost everything we grew and ate. I always wondered really, why the veggies had to be blanched, as they always would be cooked later. I understand it has something to do with enzymes/freshness, but appreciate the easy value of your found recipe here. Thank you for making this known!


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

I was so glad to find this out, myself. Thanks for stopping by and commenting frogyfish!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a wonderful gadget! And a great hub--very well laid out and explained. Many votes!


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

Thanks so much. That means a lot coming from such an experienced Hubber! I greatly appreciate it.


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RTalloni 24 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your experience with vacuum sealing squash!


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mvillecat 22 months ago from Milledgeville, Georgia Author

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


Jane Gerard 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing this nice post. If you want


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Margie Lynn 6 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

I have never like squash after I freeze it, I am going to look at thrift shops and see if I can be lucky and get a vacuum sealer for $3.00 like Hyphenbird! Maybe I will like it this way, thanks!

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