Are you looking to learn how to freeze zucchini for smoothies? – Then you’ve come to the right place.
Zucchinis (also known as courgettes) are a summertime squash that can be added to a whole host of different meals for taste and nutritional value.
Zucchinis often feature in smoothie recipes as they are rich in Vitamins, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron.
Zucchinis are made of mostly water so you may find that when defrosted they don’t quite have the crunch you might find in a fresh zucchini.
This is normal, and why I recommend using fresh zucchini in some meals and substituting fresh zucchini for frozen zucchini in other meals – such as smoothies.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Zucchini For Smoothies
Begin by running your zucchini under the tap.
Pat dry, before cutting your zucchini into pieces.
Depending on how you plan to use your zucchini at a later date will depend on how you want to slice or cut it.
In our case, I recommend cutting the zucchini into 1cm – 2cm chunks but you can just as easily grate zucchini or freeze it in larger chunks.
Next, I recommend blanching your zucchini. While this isn’t absolutely necessary I do feel that it helps to maintain the colour, flavour and preserve the vitamins of the vegetable.
To blanch, your zucchini chunks run a large bowl of boiling water and drop the chunks into the water for around sixty seconds.
Then remove the zucchini pieces and pop them into a bowl of ice water (or run them under the cold tap).
Once the process is completed gently pat your zucchini pieces dry or lay them out on a towel to airdry.
Now your zucchini pieces are ready for the freezer.
You can choose to flash freeze your zucchini pieces by popping them on a tray in the freezer spread out for around 12 hours (or overnight) and then moving them to a freezer bag or storage container.
Alternatively, you can move to just freeze them straight away. This can cause your zucchini pieces to clump together which can damage the flavour and consistency slightly.
Either way, I try and store my zucchini chunks in portion sizes so I never have to defrost more than I need to.
Frozen zucchini lasts for up to three months provided it’s stored correctly.
I store my frozen zucchini pieces in a freezer container or freezer bag to keep them safe. Writing on them the contents and the date frozen to ensure I remember what’s in the container a couple of months time.
Trust me, it’s so easy to forget!
How To Defrost Zucchini
In my opinion, the best way to defrost zucchini is simply to remove it from the freezer and place it into the refrigerator where it can defrost naturally overnight.
If you’re in a rush and would like zucchini for your smoothie instantly then you can use the microwave on the defrost settings to quickly defrost your zucchini pieces.
Simply pop the microwave on for thirty seconds on the defrost settings and check back after every 30 seconds to see if the pieces have fully defrosted.
Be sure to defrost zucchini pieces in the microwave in small batches to prevent the zucchini pieces on the top of the pile cooking and the zucchini pieces on the bottom of the pile remaining frozen.
Of course, if you’re not using your frozen zucchini for a smoothie you may be able to cook with it straight from frozen.
Soups and casseroles, for example, will naturally defrost frozen zucchini chunks while cooking.