Overloaded with too much zucchini in your farm share? You need an exit strategy to deal with it – a plan to deal with it quickly before it stresses you out. Every home gardener who plants zucchini and even Farm Share or CSA members come up against this ubiquitous summer challenge. No one likes to waste food but sometimes you just get overwhelmed. You’ve already made enough zucchini bread to last until Christmas so now what?  Zucchini is a summer squash and is mild in flavor so it can be used so many ways. You’ll be surprised at the creative things you’ve never thought of using your summer squash, no matter what variety you have.

I’ve been asked multiple times recently for ideas on what to do with too much zucchini so I’m going to give you all my ideas here with links to some recipes. We’ve been sending zucchini out every week in our farm share deliveries since the end of June and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping. Some years our early plants die of disease before the next rows are ready to produce and we end up with a gap in production but not this year. Some of you would like a break, maybe? Good thing that’s an option with our custom farm shares which allow you to swap something in your box for something else you’d rather have on a particular week.

10 Exit Strategies for Zucchini & Summer Squash OVERLOAD

  1. Chop & Freeze: I chop any variety of summer squash into bite-size cubes, stuff it into quart-size freezer bags, and simply put it in the freezer without any need to process.
    1. Advantage: Quick and easy; add to winter soups or stews.
    2. Disadvantage: summer squash retains a lot of water so you are using up space in your freezer; when thawed the zucchini will be mushy so don’t plan on sauteeing or using in a recipe that will be affected by the extra liquid.
  2. Shred & Freeze: Shred on a box grater or food processor. Squeeze our extra liquid and pack it into quart-size freezer bags.
    1. Advantage: less bulky and reduced water content; measure and freeze by the cup to add to recipes later.
    2. Disadvantage: still too wet for some recipes.
  3. Dehydrate: I usually shred in a food processor and then spread layers onto my dehydrator trays for several hours until pliable or almost crispy.
    1. Advantage: concentrates the sugars and eliminates water content. The dried shreds actually taste sweet and yummy on their own. Store easily in a jar or freezer bag. It seems like I can get a picking bin of zucchini in a quart bag this way. USE: in soups, stews, cakes, muffins, egg bakes, casseroles. Usually no need to rehydrate before using.
    2. Disadvantage: some ovens can be used to dydrate veggies but a dehydrator is best and more efficient. I like my Excaliber.
    3. USE: in soups, stews, cakes, muffins, egg bakes, casseroles. Usually no need to rehydrate before using.
  4. Dried Zucchini Chips: makes a yummy snack and can be baked in the oven or use dehydrator for larger quantities. Recipe Here
  5. Surprising Dessert:  Mock Apple Cobbler is a great dessert that no one will realize it’s zucchini unless you tell them. Our family loves this dessert. Gluten-Free version here.
  6. ​Extra Nutrition: Zucchini Pizza Crust is my favorite gluten-free pizza crust but it could be a wheat crust with extra veggies if you want.
  7. Bulk Cooking: Now is the season to make a huge batch of Ratatouille with all the eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini at their peak. Freeze or pressure can it for later or just enjoy it all week long.
  8. Freezer Meals: Zucchini Parmesan and lots more ways to use zucchini in this blog post. Stuffed Zucchini or 20 more ideas for stuffed options.
  9. More Great Recipes: Spicy Zucchini Lasagna uses thin-sliced zucchini instead of pasta. Grilled Pesto Stuffed Zucchini. Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a fun, creative meal for your family.  Some of these recipes made me hungry: 10 ways to use zucchini. Grilled Summer Squash with Feta and Onion.
  10. Even More Ideas: Just in case these ideas aren’t in any of the links above, don’t forget about zucchini bread, muffins, chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini fritters, zucchini pancakes, my favorite zucchini basil salad, Cheesy Zucchini crusted Quiche, and don’t forget to put zucchini in your pasta sauces.

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Reuben and Tessa DeMaster
Willow Haven Farm
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