The squashes are ripe here, and they always get rotten by Christmas because of the humid whetaher here, cannot really store them in a dry place. Anyone has experience in freezing them, or other methods please? I would love to make a bit of pumpkin pie with my home grown veggies at Christmas
I don't have any suggestions about preserving squash myself, but you might be able to find something here:
I have to confess I've never eaten squash (despite being a great veggie lover). But if it's anything like courgettes/zucchini in taste and texture, then you could make squash ratatouille and then freeze it. This would be a great way to use up your tomatoes too if you've got a glut of them.
Could you please post a link to it, cannot find it myself Thanks!!
With squash you can cut them up like pumpkins, boil the pieces, peel the skin off, then put them trhough a colander before freezing in bags or containers. I grow butternut and acorn squash.
Here 'bouts we wash 'em. Slice 'em about an 1/8th inch thick. Boil for one minute. Cool. Place in quart or gallon freezer bag. Freeze. Never had any problems with longevity or taste. Quite simple.
If you have lots of room in your freezer you can just take the seeds out, peel and cut in cubes and freeze in freezer bags, or better yet get a Foodsaver and vacuum seal in freezer bags, it will keep a long, long, time that way. The vacuum sealing is so great - I can buy bulk food so cheap and freeze it, meat, veggies, everything! I even make soup and sauces, freeze first and then vac seal in these heavy bags. If you have lots of garden produce to store, its a wise investment. You can even make some pies and freeze them too! now I'm hungry
If you grow your own produce, you definitely need a separate freezer. That way you can store a lot of veggies with minimum hassle I should say. Why do you need to spend a lot of time canning things(that not very healthy for regular consumption)? You just freeze everything in convenient packages and voila! You need one - you have it. Work once - eat all winter.
The strategy for squash at my house is to make soup and freeze it.
Squash (not just zucchini) makes really good sweet breads. It can be substituted into a zucchini recipe. They actually have quite a good taste and can be mixed with carrots and other vegetables like cucumbers for making breads.
They also make very good yeast (non sweet) breads.
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