Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zucchini overload!

If you haven't noticed, zucchinis are in season. Anyone who has planted zucchini in their vegetable garden are surely noticing that it's zucchini time! Since zucchini plants seem to produce in waves (many ripe at one time, then a period of a week or two with nothing), many gardeners find themselves overloaded with too many at once and don't know what to do with them all. Well, I've got some ideas for you!

1. Eat them!
There is nothing like serving up food grown in your own yard, and there are so many delicious zucchini recipes out there. All you need to do is go to a recipe website like Allrecipes or Food Network to find some great ideas. You can also slip these babies into most italian or mexican recipes. Last night we had ground turkey and zucchini enchiladas. Yum! Throw half a zucchini into a smoothie for a folate, potassium, Vitamin A and C boost! And there is always zucchini bread...

2. Freeze them!
I've found the best way to freeze zucchini is to peel them, shred them, and place them in a freezer bag. You can then thaw the bag and use the shredded zucchini for bread, to thicken spaghetti sauce, and add to chili. Just be sure to drain after thawing and before adding to recipes.

3. Share them!
My friends who don't garden LOVE getting fresh zucchinis from me. Or at least I hope they do, considering I've been pushing zucchini on anyone who visits - friends, the nanny, even the guy who replaced our furnace. You can (and should!) also donate your fresh vegetables to your local food pantry. The Garden Writer's Association has developed the Plant a Row for the Hungry program to promote the sharing of fresh garden vegetables with those who need it most.


  1. We do love getting them!! :)

  2. I love zucchini! Wish I had a neighbor with a garden.