What To Do With Overgrown Zucchini

What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)

We’ve all done it, we missed that one day of picking zucchini and the next day they are the size of Texas, what now?  Here are a few things that I do when my zucchini is overgrown and no longer has that fresh tender taste of a smaller version.

seeded zucchini

First, cut the monster into slices and remove the middle part where all the seeds are.

You can now rinse and dry those seeds then use them for planting next year’s zucchini plant.

You want to make sure the seeds you choose have a line around the edges, and are plump and have a darker color. Seeds that are completely smooth, thin and light colored are not ready for replanting.

which seed to save

You can see the seed on the left is ready and the seed on the right needs to be discarded. I dry mine on a dehydrator tray or you could use a screen.  It took about two days to completely dry the seeds.

drying seeds

You can now make a cute seed envelope by using an old one as a template. Fill the envelope and  store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant in the spring.

What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)

Preservation

We are going to make some zucchini puree and zucchini powder with that pile of slices now.

Both of these methods will preserve your zucchini for future use in baking goods, soups, stews, any cooking dishes, baby food and to be sneaky like I have to in order for my children to eat their veggies.

How to make zucchini puree

What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)

  1. To make the zucchini puree, fill your blender with the zucchini slices and pulse until you get a good moisture flow, then blend to desired consistency.
  2. I have to puree mine pretty good or else those little prying eyes will see something chunky and “gasp” green.
  3. Spoon into ice cube trays and freeze.
  4. Remove and place in a labeled freezer bag.

I have figured out that two of my zucchini cubes are equal to 1/4 cup so I know how much to add to my recipes when baking.

zucchini in blender freezer tray zucchini zucchini cubes

How to Powder Zucchini

What to do with overgrown zucchini (recipe for puree and powder)

  1. To make the zucchini powder, place the slices on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate on the vegetable setting or at 135 degrees.
  2. Dehydrate for 8 hours and then check, they are ready when crisp.
  3. Fill your blender with the zucchini chips and blend until they become a powder.
  4. Pour into a glass jar, seal with a tight fitting lid and label.

I like to use the powder in my breakfast foods and baking dishes.  It also works great as a thickener in soups and stews.

dehydrating zucchini dehydrated zucchini blending zucchini

Your zucchini cubes should last 6-12 months in your freezer and the zucchini powder has a shelf life of 5-10 years depending on how cool you storage area it.  Dark and cool make for longer storage.

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  1. Sharon says

    Love your powdered zucchini idea!!!
    To make seed removal easier for the pureed zucchini, why not cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds like you do with other squash!!!

  2. says

    I had two king size zucchini in my home garden so what I did was I took of the skin of zucchini and chop it is in a very small pcs. I fried the zucchini in little oil, add chop onions, tomatoes and green chills just one pc only not to make it very hot. It sauté on slow heat until done and you can make zucchini sandwich with sour dough bread or eat with pit bread. \it is like heaven on earth lunch or dinner.
    almas.

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