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Directions for Freezing Zucchini and Summer Squash

Start with fresh squash – as fresh as you can get.  If there is a delay between harvesting and freezing, store it in the refrigerator.

Rinse the squash in plain cold water using your hands and possibly a soft towel.  Just take a sharp knife and cut of both ends. Slice 1/2-inch thick slices.

Prepare quickly or the squash will start to discolor.   Get the pot of boiling water ready (about 2/3 filled).   At the same time prepare an ice/ ice water bath for after blanching.  Blanch for 3 minutes; start timing as soon as the squash is added to the boiling water.  Cover and allow to boil for 3 minutes. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon to the ice bath.

Cool completely, about 5 minutes. Be sure to drain thoroughly.  Place into portion size zip lock bags; remove all air from the bag.  Freeze.

Frozen squash is best used in casseroles, soups and stews.

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