Archives

Zucchini Coming Out My Ears

I have a friend at work who has a garden. He often brings in excess produce. Well, not too long ago he asked me if I wanted some zucchini. I said, “Sure, I have an awesome zucchini bread recipe.” He told me that they were big so I thought I’d combine it with one I got from Ma. I was expecting him to bring me one. Well, he brought me THREE!

He wasn’t kidding… they’re HUGE!! I didn’t do a good job taking this pic. The back three were from my friend. They actually were bigger than the 12-inch ruler shown.
wpid-IMG_2493-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

My zucchini bread recipe calls grated zucchini. So the first thing I did was cut the ends off and then slice it in half.
wpid-IMG_2496-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

…. then slice off the peel. I could have used a vegetable peeler, but that would have taken forever.
wpid-IMG_2502-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

In these large zucchinis the seeds are too big to leave in. Take a spoon and scoop out the seeds. Leave as much meat as you can.
wpid-IMG_2506-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

You should have a nice little “trough” when you’re done.
wpid-IMG_2507-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

Where the seeds are smaller, leave them.
wpid-IMG_2509-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

After peeling and de-seeding all four huge zucchinis this was what I had… a mound of seeds and peel for the compost bin and an equally large mound zucchini to grate.
wpid-IMG_2513-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

One thing I couldn’t believe was my fingers… they were GROSS! I don’t know what it was but the tips looked like they were peeling! UGH! It was not my skin, it was dried zucchini slim… It felt sooooo weird!! As I said UGH!! I scrubbed my fingers with my soft vegetable brush and the dried zucchini slim sloughed off. THANK GOODNESS!!
wpid-IMG_2514-2012-10-4-07-40.jpgwpid-IMG_2519-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

It was now time to shred the zucchini… I am SOOOO thankful for my food processor. Of course, I could have used my mixer’s attachment, but I probably would have been crying if I had to do it by hand… ;)
wpid-IMG_2529-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

When all done I had 18.5 cups of grated zucchini!
wpid-IMG_2540-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

As you can see, you can’t vacuum seal freshly grated zucchini… see… there is way too much liquid…
wpid-IMG_2542-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

Instead, what I do is scoop two cups of zucchini into sandwich bags squeeze out the air and then spread it out flat.
wpid-IMG_2547-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

When all done take the flattened zucchini into a large freezer bag and put in the freezer.
wpid-IMG_2550-2012-10-4-07-40.jpg

After frozen, remove the zucchini from the plastic bags and then you can vacuum seal it.

How do you prepare your zucchini for zucchini bread?
signature

2 comments to Zucchini Coming Out My Ears

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

*