Putting up Squash in the Freezer

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So we love to grow squash here at South GA Seed Co. and squash is super prolific, it doesn’t take many plants to produce buckets of beautiful yellow squash! The next question that comes to mind is what to do with all this extra produce? Well that’s an easy one and I am going to tell you what to do in order to save some of that yellow goodness for recipes or for sauteing.

First you will need some freezer bags, I use 1 gallons, but you can use quart size if you like. You also need some ice and a large pot for boiling water and either a clean sink or extra pot for the cooling down part of the process. In our kitchen we use a large water bath canning pot so we can blanch a lot at one time and a second slightly smaller pot for cooling down the squash.

Go ahead and prepare your squash for blanching by washing and cutting into slices or cubes, and you don’t have to remove the peel that’s totally up to you. When done preparing your squash then fill one of your pots with water and start heating it up. While you are waiting for the water to boil add cold water to the other pot or a clean sink. And by the way blanching is simply done to destroy the enzymes that would continue to break down the squash it’s necessary to blanch squash before putting in the freezer.

When your water begins to boil add your squash slowly to keep getting burned. While the squash is boiling add some ice to the cold water you have waiting in the other pot or sink. Allow squash to boil for 3 minutes then remove from boiling water and add to the ice water bath. Let squash stay in the ice water for around 3 minutes. Once 3 minutes have passed drain and place in labeled freezer bags. This will keep in the freezer for anywhere from 9 months to 1 year. I actually just used some in a casserole the other day that was around 1 year old and tasted fine.

So there it is an easy way to put some squash in the year to eat year round! Need seeds visit http://www.southgaseedco.com Happy Gardening!

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