You can easily freeze summer squash and enjoy it year-round.
How do you freeze fresh yellow squash?
Carefully slice each squash into slices that are about 1/4 inch thick. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Then carefully drop the squash into the pot and blanch for 2-3 minutes max. While the squash is in the boiling water, go ahead and prepare your freezer bags to put the squash in to freeze.
Can you freeze fresh yellow squash without blanching?
Yes, you can certainly freeze it without blanching. The purpose of blanching prior to freezing is to stop the enzymes that degrade the flavor, it’s not for safety. As long as you eat the squash within 4 to 6 months, the flavor should be ok.
What is the best way to preserve yellow squash?
We recommend preserving summer squash or zucchini by pickling or freezing. Summer squash is good for you. It is low in calories and many varieties provide vitamin C, potassium and, if the skin is eaten, beta carotene. Preserve summer squash by freezing, pickle them for canning or dry them.
How do you store yellow squash long term?
Store fresh squash in the refrigerator crisper in plastic storage bags or rigid containers to retain moisture. Stored in this manner, squash will maintain quality for 5-7 days. Avoid storing fresh squash in areas that might freeze.
How do you freeze yellow crookneck squash?
Remove basket of squash from boiling water and immediately plunge it into the bowl of cold water. Allow it to cool in water for 3 minutes. Drain the squash of residual liquids and package it in a freezer-safe container with 1/2 inch of room at the top. Seal the container and place it in your freezer.
Can I freeze yellow squash and zucchini?
Freeze the squash cubed or sliced if you plan on preparing the zucchini or squash as a side vegetable, casserole, soup, or stews. You can also grate it and freeze it in 1- to 2-cup portions for zucchini bread, muffins, and cakes. Feel free to combine zucchini and summer squash when you freeze them.
Does yellow squash need to be refrigerated?
Store squash ideally between 41 to 50 °F with a relative humidity of 95%. Under these conditions, squash is acceptable for up to 2 weeks. Squash stored at refrigeration temperatures of 41 °F should have a shelf life of 4 days.