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A Fast and Easy Method to Freezing Squash
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.
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
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+.