Several years ago I tried different methods of freezing squash. The truth is, squash has issues with freezing. I found the ‘blanching’ method makes it get real squishy real quick if you ain’t careful. I tried different lengths of time of blanching with different thicknesses of slices, but I wasn’t happy with any of the results. When I tried to use the frozen blanched squash, it was way too squishy regardless of how I cooked it.
So, I tried an ‘unblanched’ method. It took me few tries and adjustments and I finally came up with method that’s okay. I like it better than any other method and I thought I’d share it with you.
*I wash the squash and core it.
*I cut it up in chunks or thick slices.
(To me the thicker pieces seems to hold their form better when thawed/cooked. Frozen squash isn’t firm like fresh squash when it’s thawed or cooked. After it’s it’s thawed or cooked Unblanched frozen squash is flimsy or soft, but it’s better than squishy blanched squash.)
*I spread the pieces out in a single layer on a piece of card board covered with freezer paper.
*I put the board of pieces in the freezer for a couple hours until the chunks/slices are frozen solid. This is called flash-freezing.
*I write the date on a Ziploc vacuum bag and fill it with the frozen squash pieces. I seal the bag and put it in the freezer.
*I usually put the frozen squash pieces in a gallon size bag.
*When I want to use the squash, I take the amount of squash I need out of the bag, then seal the bag back up and put it back in the freezer.
The photo below is of a rather huge and curious squash plant that’s producing two colors of squash: a yellow/orange 1 ball and a sort of a orange & green 8 ball squash. I’m guessing this plant is a product of cross-pollination. That happens from time-to-time. As a matter-of-fact, it was a cross-pollinated squash that sparked my
obsession interest in squash. I’m planning on ‘trying’ to save some seed from this plant to see what it produces next year. It gives me something to look forward too and now you get to look forward to it too. 😉
This is all for me at the moment. I need to go and freeze some more squash. I just remembered another method that my Mom used when freeze squash. I may try it and if it works, I’ll make a post about it.