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Learning how to freeze yellow squash will allow you to make your favorite squash recipes all year long. Freezing is a great way to preserve excess squash when you end up growing more than you can eat. It's also a great way to save squash that you purchased and never used.
Frozen squash can be taken out of the freezer later when you are ready to cook them. If you plan on making fried squash from the freezer, the technique is the same, except you can flour them before freezing if you prefer.
What You Will Need to Freeze Squash
- Fresh squash
- Container with an airtight lid
- Freezer paper
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How to Prepare and Freeze Squash
- Start by washing your squash thoroughly as you would if you were about to cook it. Pat it dry with paper towels set it aside.
- Next, cut your squash into 1/8 to 1/4-inch slices or into cubes. Slice it according to your preference depending on the recipes you may use it in.
- Once your squash has been cut, you will then need to cut off several sheets of freezer paper that are just a tad smaller than the size of your container. Go ahead and cut a few extra sheets so that you can leave them on top for when you add more squash later on.
- Once you have sliced your squash and prepared your freezer paper, the next step is to package it up. Line the bottom of the container with a piece of freezer paper. Next, lay out a single layer of squash. You can put them close together to save space. Just be sure they are not overlapping.
- Continue to layer the freezer paper and the squash until you are finished. Place any extra sheets of freezer paper on top and tightly seal the lid. Place the container in the freezer, and you are done!
How to Freeze Squash for Frying
Freezing squash for frying is the same as above except for one step. Once your squash is sliced, season the slices with salt, pepper and any other seasonings you would normally use. Next, coat them in flour. Shake off any excess flour then lay them between sheets of freezer paper just like you would with regular frozen squash.
When you are ready to fry them, simply pull out what you need and pop them in the grease frozen. They will thaw within a few seconds of cooking. Do not allow them to thaw out prior to frying or they may become gooey and pasty from the moisture and flour.