If you’ve planted more than one zucchini plant in your garden, chances are that you have more zucchini than you can eat – unless you eat zukes for all meals while they’re growing.
The weird thing about these veggies is that if you leave them on the vine, they’ll keep growing – some are over 18” long. NOT as tasty as the babies, but still very edible – Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out the middle and mix what you’ve scooped out with a savory tomato and ground turkey (or beef) mix. Stuff into each half, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and mozzarella and bake for 45 minutes at 375. Great for a party.
Now that you’ve traded and cooked all the zucchini you can stand – what to do with the extra harvest? Try these:
- Freeze it! Zucchini freezes well with these steps: 1. Cut into the size pieces you’ll use when thawed (in bread, stir-fry, soup, etc). 2. Blanch (drop in boiling water for 3-4 minutes) – be careful not to overcook, you want it to still be firm. 3. Cool quickly in a bowl of ice water 4. Drain, pat dry and package in ziplock bags.
- Compost starter – mix equal parts with used chicken bedding.
- Treats for chickens, hamsters, gerbils, other small rodents and some lizards
- Leave one zucchini on the vine to challenge your neighbors to an informal contest – who can grow the biggest?
Whatever you decide, know that no zucchini must go to waste.