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camiesmommy
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Anne Jeannette
Stagecoach NV
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2011 :  09:37:46 AM  Show Profile  Send camiesmommy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Last year I did what all the books said and I blanched my zucchini before freezing, only to have it be so tough I could't eat them. I was thinking about grating it this year and freezing in 1/2 cup portions and wonder if I really need to blanch it. Or can I slice them and freeze without blanching (that's what I did last year).

A.J.

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Pamela Joy
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Pamela
Hesperus CO
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2011 :  2:33:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I blanched and vacuum sealed them two years ago, but it was such a pain in the butt, mainly because all the extra moisture from blanching made it difficult to get a good seal on the bags. Then my mother-in-law said she never blanches before freezing and it's fine. So last year I just sliced and froze.
When it comes to shredded, I have always just shredded fresh zucchini and put it in regular freezer bags - portioned out for my bread recipe, of course.
So, I say "no" to blanching. Others may dissagree.

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farmmilkmama
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Amy
Central MN
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2011 :  2:44:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never blanched any zucchini I've frozen, and I've not had a problem. :)

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camiesmommy
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Anne Jeannette
Stagecoach NV
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2011 :  9:49:15 PM  Show Profile  Send camiesmommy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks. How much easier will this make my life!!

A.J.

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levisgrammy
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Denise
NJ
USA
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Posted - Aug 04 2011 :  04:11:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't like to blanch as it makes the zucchini mushy from the extra moisture from blanching.


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Dusky Beauty
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Jen
Tonopah AZ
USA
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Posted - Aug 04 2011 :  07:41:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just freeze it fresh in pre-measured 1 cup grated lumps.

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