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Old 07-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Freezing Zuchinni


Hey guys,

I believe it was in this catagory where I have seen a couple people mention that they freeze their zuchinni for their shrimps for future use rather then waste it.

I have a garden every year but I don't like zuchinni so I have never planted it. This year though, I planted some just for the shrimp. I have way more then I can use before it goes bad so I was thinking of freezing it so the shrimp can have pesticide free zuchinni for the rest of the year

My question is, Do you need to cook it first like tomatos? Or do you just slice it up and freeze it in freezer bags?

Oh and if you cook it first...How and for how long?

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Slice and freeze. I like to cut them in half lengthwise for shrimp so it's a smaller piece; they can possibly finish a whole piece unless you've got like hundreds of shrimp. Mysteries and fish get whole slices, though.

To help them sink better, I've started putting them in a glass with water and microwaving until the water boils then tossing them into a glass of ice water. I use that same process with other veggies except peas, corn and limas.

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I find they like the skin better. They ignore it for a couple of he's and then is gone next day. They eat it all in about 36 hrs.
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I would think that if you freeze and then thaw the zucchini before feeding you could probably eliminate the blanching/boiling step. All that does is begin to break down the cell walls and the freezing process does a good job of that all on its own.
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I would think that if you freeze and then thaw the zucchini before feeding you could probably eliminate the blanching/boiling step. All that does is begin to break down the cell walls and the freezing process does a good job of that all on its own.
Yeah, but who wants to take the time to let the zucchini thaw? That would take hours. I want it NOW NOW NOW!!

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Yeah, but who wants to take the time to let the zucchini thaw? That would take hours. I want it NOW NOW NOW!!

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No it doesn't. I put mine in a cup of hot water, splash some dechlorinator in it, and let it sit for a whopping 10 minutes. Perfectly thawed and tank temp. Even if you just let it sit out and thaw, it should take that long if you are slicing it fairly thin.

I slice mine up, blanch it for 3 minutes, put it in a freezer bag and keep it for 6 months. But I blanch mine because I'm generally going to feed a slice right then. If I wasn't going to feed that day I'd probably just slice it and put it in the freezer.
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I just drop frozen pieces into the tank, takes a few minutes to sink but I dont see a problem with it. By the time it sinks there is a swarm of shrimp on it.
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I tried frozen zucchini once. Some shrimps liked it, but I don't. The reason I don't is the portion I put in the freezer froze into a solid block and if I tried to force a piece off, it's all squished. Any way to keep them separate? Also for frozen spinach?
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I tried frozen zucchini once. Some shrimps liked it, but I don't. The reason I don't is the portion I put in the freezer froze into a solid block and if I tried to force a piece off, it's all squished. Any way to keep them separate? Also for frozen spinach?
I put them on a paper plate (zucchini, spinach and kale) and let individual pieces freeze for about an hour then toss in a ziplock. Keeps them nice and separated for future use
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I put them on a paper plate (zucchini, spinach and kale) and let individual pieces freeze for about an hour then toss in a ziplock. Keeps them nice and separated for future use
Doh ! We do this all the time for other food items but never thought about doing this for something more important like shrimp food ;-) Thanks.
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