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Dehydrated Zucchini and Squash and Making Zucchini Flour

Want to make use of up all of these large backyard zucchini? Right here’s how we make our dehydrated zucchini, zucchini flour, and the way I retailer it for the winter.

Need to use up all of those huge garden zucchini? Here's how we make our dehydrated zucchini, zucchini flour, and how I store it for the winter.

Dehydrated Zucchini and Squash and Making Zucchini Flour

Though I’ve written briefly on dehydrating zucchini earlier than, I made a decision to provide it its personal submit since I’ve had so many questions on how I make it, how I retailer it, and what I do with it.

I began dehydrating zucchini and squash final yr and I completely find it irresistible. I not freeze any zucchini so I’ve been saving a lot beneficial freezer area. As soon as absolutely dried and air-tight, the zucchini or squash is shelf-stable and holds up nicely. No extra goopy, watery zucchini going into my baked items or meals!

It is a smart way to make use of these extra-large zucchinis and people overgrown squash and also you don’t have to peel them both. (Until you need to, it’s as much as you!)

Let’s dive proper in!

Yellow Squash on a Table

I begin by washing the zucchini or squash. On this tutorial, I’m utilizing squash however I exploit each equally. I do like yellow squash just a little bit extra as a result of it has extra of a light taste and appears just a little drier so it doesn’t take as lengthy.

I’m not going to peel these. Though I received them from a buddy that had too many, I do know these weren’t sprayed so I’m tremendous with utilizing the peels so long as they’re washed nicely to get all of the grime off.

Squash Cut in Half

Lower the ends off the squash or zucchini after which minimize it in half. If you’re utilizing a small squash you don’t have to scoop the seeds out, however for these massive ones you will need to do exactly that.

Shredding Squash

Subsequent, I run the items of squash or zucchini by means of my shredder. I simply purchased this Cuisinart Shredder this yr and I completely find it irresistible. I haven’t minimize any of my fingers this yr but (I often minimize a number of with the grater) and it’s really easy to assemble, disassemble, and clear.

Dehydrating Squash

I don’t have any particular trays on my dehydrator so I simply match items of parchment paper onto the trays to carry the shreds. Then I unfold out the shredded zucchini or squash as evenly as I can over every tray.

As soon as the dehydrator is full, I flip it on 150 levels and set it for at the very least 10 hours. I rotate the trays about midway by means of. As soon as the timer is finished, I’ll have to set it for longer primarily based on what sort I’m drying and the way a lot I loaded it up. You need to dry the shreds till the are utterly dry and no dampness stays.

Dehydrated Zucchini in Jars

After they’re dehydrated, I pull the shreds out and place them in a mason jar. I then use a vacuum sealer attachment and a silica gel packet to seal the dried meals in a jar. (I re-use jar lids for this so I don’t want to make use of up new ones.) You might additionally seal them in a meals saver bag in case you don’t need to use the jar. —Discover extra tips about this on my submit on Find out how to Take care of the Canning Jar Lid Scarcity.

If I need to make zucchini or squash flour I merely take the dried shreds and run them by means of my Blendtec Blender till they’re a powder. It undoubtedly makes a multitude so be ready! I seal up the flour in a jar the identical manner I do for simply the dried shreds and retailer them in my pantry till I’m prepared to make use of it.

Zucchini Flour

Utilizing Zucchini Flour

Zucchini flour or squash flour tends to be finest when combined with one other flour. When you apply it to its personal it tends to style very salty and heavy. Combine at the very least half of one other flour with the recipe that you’re making (ie: use 1/2 cup zucchini flour with 1/2 cup common flour).

You too can use zucchini flour so as to add into soups or smoothies or wherever you need an additional veggie punch. 🙂

Cinnamon Zucchini Cake

Utilizing Dehydrated Zucchini Shreds

For essentially the most half, I depart my dehydrated zucchini and squash in shredded kind. I exploit this in all of my baked items all through the winter that decision for zucchini.

Earlier than utilizing I place the shreds in a bowl with sufficient water to cowl them and let it soak for about 5 minutes earlier than including it into my recipe. Typically I exploit the soaking water within the recipe as nicely until it doesn’t want additional liquid and in that case I drain it first earlier than including it to the recipe.

I additionally add the zucchini or squash shreds to soups, stir-fries, or the rest I feel it’d style good in. We severely love having this readily available always!

Listed below are some yummy issues that we make with our dehydrated shredded zucchini and squash:

I additionally make this scrumptious Zucchini Pineapple bread with it within the winter. I haven’t posted the recipe but however it’s on my to-do listing!

There are additionally different methods that you would be able to protect zucchini in case you ought to select to take action. Listed below are a number of the different strategies I’ve tried.

Have you ever ever tried making dehydrated zucchini or squash? What do you employ it for? Which methodology for preserving zucchini do you want finest?

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