Overwhelmed with summertime zucchini? Learn how to keep it fresh for longer.

Zucchini is a notorious bumper crop, often yielding overwhelming amounts of squash for hobby gardeners and farmers alike. Working your way through it can mean baking up loaves of zucchini bread or spiralizing a pile of zoodles. If you're facing a mountain of zucchini yourself, learn how to keep it as fresh as possible for the short term or store it for the long term with these easy techniques.

Which Zucchini Stays Fresh Longer?

If you're buying your zucchini from the grocery store or farmers' market, opt for ones that are more small to medium size with bright green skin and no wrinkles. Larger zucchini have a pulpier texture and higher water content, meaning they spoil faster. Also, if available, choose ones that still have a little bit of the stem attached because those are more fresh.

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Storing Zucchini in the Refrigerator

Zucchini lasts longest when stored in the refrigerator. The key is preventing it from having any extra moisture, so don't wash it before storing and keep it in the crisper drawer away from produce with a high water content. An extra step is to pat your zucchini with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture, then place it in a ventilated plastic bag, also stored in the crisper drawer. Properly stored zucchini stays good in the fridge for about five to seven days.

Freezing Zucchini for Longer Storage

Despite its high water content, zucchini can actually be successfully frozen. If you think you won't use your zucchini within a week of buying it, sticking it in the freezer is an easy way to make it last much longer. The texture of frozen and thawed zucchini is a bit softer, making it ideal for cooked meals like pasta dishes or baked options such as zucchini bread. Avoid using frozen zucchini for fresher recipes like salads or zoodles. If you'd like to learn how to freeze zucchini, follow our handy guide for step-by-step instructions.

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