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To fry squash, you will need: -butter -salt and pepper -squash (cut into 1/2" cubes)

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How to freeze squash to fry later

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Last Updated on June 10, 2021 by Renee’

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I wanted to share How to Freeze Squash for long-term storage so that you can preserve all that wonderful summer squash that is so abundant this season.

One of the first vegetables I learned to put up for long-term storage when I started preserving food was yellow squash. I decided to 1st to freeze it then learned from my mother how she & my grandmother canned it when I ran out of freezer space.

If you have been following me you know that my 83-year-old dad has a huge organic garden every year & always has a ton of yellow squash. I cook it, can it & freeze it.

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Look at that beautiful squash out of my dad’s garden!

I have included 3 methods of preparing the squash to freeze & 2 ways to freeze it depending on how you want to cook it later. I do it both ways. Some for frying & some for soups, stews & casseroles.

What you’ll need:

  • Squash (enough to fill at least 1 qt ziplock bag) Can use Zucchini also.
  • Knife &/or Mandoline Slicer
  • Stainless Steel Bowl
  • Large Pot (if blanching)
  • Colander
  • Quart Freezer Bags or Vacuum Seal Bags with Vacuum Seal Machine
  • Sheet Pan(‘s)
  • Parchment Paper (optional) (if freezing in single layers before putting in bags to keep from sticking)
Slicing using the Mandoline Slicer

3 Ways to Freeze Squash:

1 – Raw Method:

Note: This way supposedly does not kill the enzymes that cause the squash to deteriorate over time, but I haven’t really noticed a difference in taste and blanching makes the squash even mushier when defrosted. If you are using in soups, stews or casseroles, this is not a problem.

  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Put in Stainless Steel bowl until ready to freeze
  • Freeze (see below on how to Freeze)

2 – Blanching Method:

  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Bring Water to Boil in a large pot
  • Put Squash in Boiling Water for 3 minutes
  • Remove Squash immediately & put in ice water to stop the cooking process, drain & dry.
  • Freeze (See below on how to Freeze)
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Oven Method for Frying

3- Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Wash Squash & drain in a colander
  • Cut off both ends & cut into cubes. (about 1 in) or thin slices (about 1/4 in. thick) (See below on ways to freeze)
  • Put the squash on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (makes for easy cleanup)
  • Put in the oven for about 6-8 min. until hot & starting to steam.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool completely.
  • Freeze (See below on How to Freeze)
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I like to coat my squash for frying before freezing.

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How to Freeze:

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For Frying: (sliced)

2-4 med. squash 1/4 to 1/2 c. Cassava Flour 1/4 to 1/2 c. Almond Flour (leave out for AIP & use just Cassava Flour) sea salt to taste 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. 1/4 c. Avocado Oil or Fat of Choice add more as needed
Paleo Southern Fried Squash

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  • Put sliced squash in a large stainless steel bowl & coat as you normally would. (Since we are paleo I used tapioca starch & almond flour)
  • Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper in a single layer. Add another sheet of parchment paper then put another layer of squash & so on.
  • Place in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  • After frozen, place in a freezer bag.
  • This method keeps the squash from sticking & you can take out as much or as little as you want to cook.
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Put in a single layer and freeze first before putting in freezer bags.

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For Soups, Stews, Casseroles: (sliced or cubes)

  • I prefer cubed squash for soups, stews, casseroles or in my Sausage Breakfast Hash. But of course, you can use either sliced or cubed.
  • After the squash has cooled, put it in a freezer bag & place in the freezer.
  • No need to freeze first before putting in bags if using for soups, stews, or casseroles.

Chopped Squash

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Tips:

  • Make sure to date the bags so you will know how long the squash has been in the freezer. Best to use within one year.
  • If not using a vacuum sealer, use a straw to remove as much air as possible.
  • Freezing in a single layer on a sheet pan, then putting in bags after frozen allows you to remove as little or as much as you want for future use.
  • Use sheets of parchment paper & layer multiple layers on one sheet pan for freezing. Saves space.
  • Can reuse parchment paper in between batches.

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Paleo Squash Casserole

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Ways I like to use Frozen Squash:

  • Paleo Squash Casserole
  • Paleo AIP Sausage Breakfast Hash
  • Paleo Fried Squash
  • Stewed Squash
  • Soups & Stews

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More Freezing & Canning Recipes:

  • How to Freeze Okra
  • How to Freeze Tomatoes
  • How to Freeze Green Beans
  • How to Can Okra
  • How to Can Squash
  • How to Can Green Beans
  • How to Can Bone Broth
  • How to Can Potatoes
  • How to Can Beef
  • How to Can Tomatoes

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