More and more people choose a healthy lifestyle, they switch to a healthy diet, they buy summer houses, where they grow organic vegetables and fruits. But to vitamin dishes were on the table all year round, you need to make stocks.
Some vegetables are beautifully stored in the cellars until spring, but what about those that are not subject to prolonged storage? Canned foods do not preserve vitamins, so freezing is a universal way of storing vegetables and fruits.
Zucchini is a healthy vegetable from which you can cook a lot of delicious dishes. But is it possible to freeze zucchini, do they lose their useful properties after freezing? Most housewives agree that this can and should be done. Dishes of such vegetables are not inferior to taste prepared from fresh.
How to freeze zucchini?
Before you start to freeze, you should decide what dishes you are going to cook from zucchini later. The shape of the cut depends on it. So the shape of a keg is suitable for stuffing, for stews, soups, caviar or mashed potatoes they are cut into cubes, and for making fritters tinder on a grater. Decide also on the size of the thread. If you need to prepare for freezing a large amount of vegetables, do not rush. It is better to cut the zucchini in the same way as you usually do to prepare dishes from fresh ones, because it is inconvenient to cut the thawed zucchini.
Be sure to freeze the product in small portions. Then you do not have to defrost the entire batch each time before preparing the next dish. Moreover, they can not be re-frozen. If you decompose zucchini in portions bags will be much more convenient. Instead of bags, use plastic containers with a lid. If you freeze the ringlets, it is better to spread the vegetables in one layer.
To make fritters, freeze zucchini with grated carrot.
Before cutting the vegetables need to wash, wipe. After defrosting the next portion before cooking, it is necessary to let the excess liquid go; for this, the zucchini is completely thawed, put on a paper towel to absorb excess moisture, and roll in flour.
You can freeze the fried zucchini, then before eating it will be enough to warm them in the microwave.
If you need to freeze a lot of vegetables, then polyethylene should be put on the tray, then a layer of zucchini, and several times until all the slices are prepared for freezing. After the vegetables are frozen, put them in portion packets.
What can be cooked from frozen zucchini?
Frozen zucchini dishes are a great vitamin side dish for potatoes and meat. They significantly enrich the diet in winter.
Vegetable zucchini stew with minced meat
- Squash - 400 g
- Minced pork - 300 g
- Carrots - 1 pc.
- Potatoes - 1 pc.
- Tomatoes - 2 pcs.
- Garlic - 2 teeth
- Flour - 50 g
- Salt, pepper - to taste
- Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp. l
- Greens - 30 g
- Thaw zucchini, blot them with a napkin, roll in flour.
- Heat the vegetable oil, put zucchini, minced meat in a frying pan. Grate the carrots, chop the potatoes and add to the vegetables and meat.
- Cook the stew for 20 minutes, then put the chopped tomatoes, chopped greens, salt, pepper in the dish, simmer for another 15 minutes.
- After the cooker has been turned off, place the finely chopped garlic in a stew and mix. Vegetables can be cooked without adding stuffing, you get a fast tasty dish. Instead of minced meat, you can use sliced meat.
- Instead of potatoes in the stew, try adding boiled rice.
Frozen Zucchini Fritters
- Frozen zucchini and carrot mix - 400 g
- Egg - 2 pcs.
- Salt, pepper to taste
- Flour - 4 tbsp. l
- Vegetable oil - 50 g
- Parsley - 20 g
- Thawed grated zucchini with carrots, drain the water.
- Add flour, eggs, chopped greens, salt, pepper to vegetables.
- Heat a frying pan, pour vegetable oil into it, carefully pour the dough in portions with a spoon. Fritters should be thin, fry them until golden brown.
- Serve the dish should be hot, with sour cream and garlic sauce.
What is friattat? This is an omelette with vegetable filling. The dish is light, tasty and dietary.
- Frozen zucchini - 500 g
- Onion - 1 pc.
- Garlic - 3 cloves
- Grated cheese - 100 g
- Greens (basil) - 10 g
- Butter - 20 g
- Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp. l
- Salt, pepper - to taste
- Peel onion and garlic, defrost zucchini, dry, fry vegetables in vegetable oil.
- Shake eggs, add shredded herbs, salt, pepper, cheese.
- You can immediately pour whipped eggs on the vegetables in the pan. And it is possible to grease the baking form with butter. Mix eggs with vegetables in a separate container and pour into the mold. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake until ready for 30 minutes. If the omelette is not fried, but baked, the dish will turn out not only tasty, but also useful.
Zucchini goes well with vegetables, potatoes, cereals, meat, eggs. A variety of recipes with their use will please any, even a novice hostess. It is better not to buy vegetables in the supermarket in winter, and stock up on zucchini for the winter. Freezing is an effective way to preserve the beneficial properties of the product. Dishes from frozen courgettes are as tasty as fresh ones.