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How to Freeze Squash

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I wanted to share How to Freeze Squash for long term storage so that you can preserve all that wonderful summer squash that is so abundant this season.

One of the first vegetables I learned to put up for long term storage when I started preserving food was yellow squash. I decided to 1st to freeze it then learned from my mother how she & my grandmother canned it when I ran out of freezer space.

If you have been following me you know that my 81-year-old dad has a huge organic garden every year & always has a ton of yellow squash. I  cook it, can it & freeze it. 

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Look at that beautiful squash out of my dad’s garden!

I have included 3 methods of preparing the squash to freeze & 2 ways to freeze it depending on how you want to cook it later. I do it both ways. Some for frying & some for soups, stews & casseroles. 

What you’ll need:

Slicing using the Mandoline Slicer

3 Ways to Freeze Squash:

1 – Raw:

Note: This way supposedly does not kill the enzymes that cause the squash to deteriorate over time, but I haven’t really noticed a difference in taste and blanching makes the squash even mushier when defrosted. If you are using in soups, stews or casseroles, this is not a problem.

  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Put in Stainless Steel bowl until ready to freeze
  • Freeze (see below on how to Freeze)

2 – Blanching: 

  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Bring Water to Boil in a large pot
  • Put Squash in Boiling Water for 3 minutes
  • Remove Squash immediately & put in ice water to stop the cooking process, drain & dry.
  • Freeze (See below on how to Freeze)
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Oven Method for Frying

3- Oven: 

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Put the squash on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (makes for easy cleanup)
  • Put in the oven for about 6-8 min. until hot & starting to steam. 
  • Remove from the oven, let cool completely. 
  • Freeze (See below on How to Freeze)
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I like to coat my squash for frying before freezing.

 

 

 

How to Freeze:

For Frying: (sliced)

  • Put sliced squash in a large stainless steel bowl & coat as you normally would. (Since we are paleo I used tapioca starch & almond flour) 
  • Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper in a single layer. Add another sheet of parchment paper then put another layer of squash & so on. 
  • Place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  • After frozen, place in a freezer bag. 
  • This method keeps the squash from sticking & you can take out as much or as little as you want to cook.
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Put in a single layer and freeze first before putting in freezer bags.

 

 

 

For Soups, Stews, Casseroles: (sliced or cubes)

  • I prefer cubed squash for soups, stews, or casseroles. But of course, you can use either sliced or cubed.
  • After the squash has cooled, put it in a freezer bag & place in the freezer. 
  • No need to freeze first before putting in bags if using for soups, stews, or casseroles.

Chopped Squash

 

 Tips:

  • Make sure to date the bags so you will know how long the squash has been in the freezer. Best to use within one year.
  • If not using a vacuum sealer, use a straw to remove as much air as possible.
  • Freezing in a single layer on a sheet pan, then putting in bags after frozen allows you to remove as little or as much as you want for future use. 
  • Use sheets of parchment paper & layer multiple layers on one sheet pan for freezing. Saves space.
  • Can reuse parchment paper in between batches.

*Scroll down for printable recipe card.

 

 

Ways I like to use Frozen Squash:

 

More Freezing & Canning Recipes:

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How to Freeze Squash

Chopped Squash

Instructions

    Raw:

    1. Wash Squash & drain in a colander
    2. Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick)
    3. Freeze (See below on how to Freeze)

    Blanching:

    1. Wash Squash & drain in a colander
    2. Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick)
    3. Bring Water to Boil in large pot
    4. Put Squash in Boiling Water for 3 minutes
    5. Remove Squash immediately & put in ice water to stop the cooking process, drain & dry.
    6. (See below on how to Freeze)

    Oven: 

    1. Preheat oven to 350*
    2. Wash Squash & drain in a colander
    3. Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick)
    4. Put the squash on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (makes for easy cleanup)
    5. Put in the oven for about 6-8 min. until hot & starting to steam. 
    6. Remove from the oven, Let cool completely. 
    7. (See below on how to Freeze)

    For Frying:

    1. If freezing squash for frying, put the squash in a large stainless steel bowl & coat as you normally would. (Since we are paleo I used tapioca starch & almond flour) 
    2. Place on sheet pan with parchment paper in single layer. Add another sheet of parchment paper then put another layer of squash & so on. 
    3. Place in freezer for a few hours or overnight.
    4. After frozen, place in ziplock bag. 
    5. This method keeps the squash from sticking & you can take out as much or as little as you want to cook.

    For Soups, Stews, Casseroles:

    1. After the squash has cooled, put it in a ziplock bag & place in the freezer.

    Notes

    • Make sure to date the bags so you will know how long the squash has been in the freezer. Best to use within one year.
    • If not using a vacuum sealer, use a staw to remove as much air as possible.
    • Freezing in a single layer on a sheet pan, then putting in bags after frozen allows you to remove as little or as much as you want for future use.
    • Use sheets of parchment paper & layer multiple layers on one sheet pan for freezing. Saves space.
    • Can reuse parchment paper in between batches.

     

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