Preserving Food: Shredded Zucchini and Freezing Corn

It was Day 2 of my food preserving week around here at my house!  Here’s the post from day one  in case you missed it.  I’ve been putting up a ton of food in my freezer and pantry from the incredible deals I was able to get at the local Amish produce auction

Today it was Zucchini, Corn and Peaches….

Zucchini has 101 uses and good thing because I have a lot of it!  I bought the Zucchini for $4 for the whole bushel (40 pounds) which works out to $.10 cents a pound!  

Today, I worked my way through shredding 1 box or 1/2 bushel of Italian zucchini.  I shredded this zucchini batch for later use in fall and winter soups as well as using it for making zucchini bread and muffins. 

The salad shooter came in handy and I had no problem getting someone to operate it.  The children rotated turns and shredded the entire batch for me.   

I froze 6 large bags of shredded zucchini, each bag containing around 10 cups.  The food saver did an amazing job sealing it too. 

After finishing up that batch of zucchini, we finished up two 50 pound bags of corn!  Whew!! I’m tired of blanching and packaging corn! 

My cob corn totals ended up being 230 individual corn on the cobs frozen in packages big enough for our family size servings.  I ran out of food saver bags, so I switched to ziplock freezer bags.  I attached the canister air hose to the Food Saver and closed the bag with just enough room for the hose to fit in and sucked out as much air as possible before freezing.  Not near as air tight as using the Food Saver bags….but good enough.  I’ll use these bags first. 

The rest of the corn I took off the cob and froze it like frozen corn.  The advantage of freezing corn off the cob  is that it doesn’t take up near as much freezer space as the cob corn does.

I’m down to 2 more bags of corn (100 lbs to go) and I’m really thinking about trying my hand at canning it!  I’ve never canned corn before!

Next up….the peaches!!!

5 comments on “Preserving Food: Shredded Zucchini and Freezing Corn

  1. Christy from Sibley MO

    July 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hello Penny Pantry… I have tried using my food saver to freeze my huge quantities of garden zucchini.  I have had a disastrous time.  Too much liquid when using food saver…Did you blanch your zucchini?  Every where I read it was suggested blanching to preserve.  It doesnt look like you did… I also have a salad spinner.  How did you process this??  Thank you. Christy.  

  2. Hmmmm… I did not blanch the zucchini when I shredded it and packed it in the food saver bags.  I shredded it raw and packed it raw.   Mine did not come out very liquidy?  I am wondering if it was the type of zucchini I used or the difference in the salad shooter and the food processor?

    There was a little moisture  but not enough liquid to interfere with sealing the bags.  I am not sure what kind of zucchini I used exactly but it was not what you buy in the store…it was much harder.  (I bought it at an Amish produce auction.)

    Now after they are frozen and you thaw them out to use….. there is a lot of liquid that I have to drain off before using in a recipe.  I made mostly zucchini breads out of this.

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