Harvest Time- Freezing Zucchini

Give this girl a garden full of zucchini and she’ll have bread all year long thru this easy peasy method of processing

The trick to keeping your gardens abundant zucchini harvest is to freeze it. But, unfortunately, it’s not as if you can just stick whole zucchinis in the freezer and walk away. Nope. You need to shred those suckers down.

My favorite zucchini recipe only requires one cup of shredded zucchini, so I will be freezing my summer squash in one cup portions. I use my handy 1.25 cup Tupperware containers. This will give our shredded squash room to expand as it freezes.

For this project, get together the following

  • As much zucchini as you, your Tupperware and your freezer can handle at once. These six yeilded 7 cups of shredded squash.
  • Your one cup, freezer safe, comes with a lid, containers.
  • A large bowl
  • A cheese grater that has a small shred option
  • A one cup measuring cup.
Supplies have been gathered


First things first, get you zucchinis super clean. You don’t skin these before shredding, so be sure to clean them very well under cold water with a soft bristled veggie brush. We got this one at Walmart years ago and it’s perfect for delicately skinned veggies.

I use a soft bristled brush to keep from skinning up the zucs


Next, cut off the blossom end of you squash.

Using a paring knife, cut off the blossom end… or as Mr.Gillis and I call it, The Butt


Now, shred that zucchini! I like this grater because the small holes are jagged all around, which makes it great for breaking down seeds and skin.

This is zucchini number 1 down, and it only took about 3 minutes.


Now, once you’ve shredded your squash, start ladling one cup into each of your freezer containers.  I love these little Rubbermaid ones. Well, I love all my Rubbermaid, so it’s a matter of partiality.

I dont worry about getting exactly one cup- as close as possible is good enough


Once the zucchini is in the freezer container, cover it tightly and tap it gently so it’s nice and compacted. Air bubbles are not your friend.

Make sure to leave room for expansion as it freezes


Three cups of shredded zucchini, ready to become squashsicles

Make room in your freezer and let them sit for at least 24 hours. I’ve gone as far as 48 hours before.

This is my second round of freezing zucchini

Once the squash is completely frozen, it’s time to get your Tupperware back by bagging it. If all you have is zip locks, that will be fine short term. But I cannot stress enough how amazing a food saver system is. We found ours for really cheap but we’d easily invest in one at full price knowing now how much money it’s saved us.

Behold, the squashsicle


When you pull the Tupperware out, the covers might be kinda stuck. A quick fix for this is a bowl of slightly warm water. Dip the container in real quick. Not only will the top come right off, the squashsicle will slid right out as well.

Just dunk it in the water real quickly. Any longer then a few seconds and you’ll start melting your hard work.


The top will pop right off at this point


Slid your frozen zucchini, container and all right into your freezer bag.

I find it easier to deals with if I put the container in right side up, and then flip the bag. I tap the Tupperware and the block falls right out.

Place your frozen zucchini in your freezer bag right side up


Flip over the entire bag.


Carefully remove the tupperware container


Get the container out of the bag and close it up. With our food saver sealed bags we’ve kept frozen zucchini shreds for up to the next planting season.

Our trusty food saver, hard at work.


One cup of perfectly shredded zucchini, frozen and ready to store for months in our chest freezer


So far we’ve frozen and stored 14 cups of zucchini. In the middle of a cold Maine winter, it’s amazing to grab a block of this stuff, thaw it out over night in the fridge and make fresh zucchini bread. It’s a little bit of the harvest, in the middle of the grey.

Well that’s it- the key to keep all that extra zucchini that your neighbors won’t take anymore.

Until next time, have a wicked good evening.


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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