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How to Freeze Squash

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Last Updated on June 10, 2021 by Renee’

3 Ways to Freeze Squash for Long Term Storage. Learn how with step by step instructions. #freezingsquash #squash #preservingsquash #preservingfood #longtermstorage #aip #paleo #whole30 #keto #lowcarb #vegan #stepbystepinstructions #thehealthnutmama

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 83-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 Method:

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 Method: 

  • 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 Method: 

  • 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)

2-4 med. squash  1/4 to 1/2 c. Cassava Flour 1/4 to 1/2 c. Almond Flour (leave out for AIP & use just Cassava Flour) sea salt to taste 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp.  1/4 c. Avocado Oil or Fat of Choice add more as needed
Paleo Southern Fried Squash

 

  • 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, casseroles or in my Sausage Breakfast Hash. 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 a printable recipe card.

 

Paleo Squash Casserole

 

 

 

 

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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