dehydrated/dried zucchini

jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)April 19, 2010

I tried a dried zucchini chip last summer and I thought they were really good. Well this year I am going to try to start preserving earlier, than later. Since I have about 200 zucchini plants to plant, I figure I will have some extra to dry. Don't worry, I market garden and I will sell most of them. I am planting them in a high tunnel so I will have zucchini by the end on May. Probably 3-4 weeks sooner than most.

I am looking for dried zucchini recipes and what would the best way to store these chips? Freeze them?

Jay

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denninmi(8a)

Not really a recipe per se, but in the past, I've dried zukes and cucumbers slices dusted with the type of herb mix you would use to make ranch dressing.

I make my own blend because the powdered stuff in the store is WAY too full of salt and sugar.

I mix: onion powder, garlic powder, dill, oregano, celery seed, paprika, and a LITTLE salt, sugar, and black pepper.

Works pretty well.

Storage, yeah, freezer is best if you can spare the room.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 2:12PM
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bcskye

Dug out my 30+ year old Harvest Maid dehydrator, which still works, and am going to try the zucchini chips with dinninmi's seasoning. Will also keep monitoring this thread for more dried zucchini recipes.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 2:11AM
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simplicitygardens(z8 pacific N.W.)

I don't know what I could have done wrong but my dehydrated zucchini chips are just plain weird. I've tried adding them to soups several times and they never really soften back up. They stay chewy, leathery and strange. Any ideas what's up? They were picked at their prime, tasted fine fresh, and were sliced about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick for dehydrating.

Thanks, Abhaya

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 12:09PM
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Linda_Lou(SW Wa.)

Don't forget the zucchini candy ! My grandson loves that stuff.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 7:39PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

Do share Linda Lou, Zucchini Candy, that sounds interesting.

Abhaya, I like to crunch them like chips. I have never rehydrated them.

Jay

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 11:43PM
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Linda_Lou(SW Wa.)

BASIC ZUCCHINI CANDY FRUIT

10 cups peeled diced zucchini 1/2 inch cubes
3 cups water
2 pkgs. unsweetened Koolaid
2 1/2 cups sugar

Peel zucchini,cut in half, removing seeds. Dice in cubes.
Mix the liquid syrup together. Add zucchini. Bring to
a boil and them simmer for 25 min. Drain. Put on dehydrator trays. Dry 14
hours at 125 degrees. Turn pieces over and dry another 4 hours. This will
feel dry and not sticky when done. Store in jars or other tightly sealed
containers.If you dip in sugar when you turn them, they will be more like
"gum drops" on the outside.

PINEAPPLE CANDY FRUIT

You can do the same thing with the zucchini but use :
48 oz. pineapple juice
2 T. pineapple extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice

BLUEBERRY CANDY FRUIT

10 cups peeled, cut zucchini, about 1/2 inch cubes
1 -16 oz. can wild blueberries ( mashed and strained through cheese cloth)
1 qt. fresh blueberries ( mashed and strained through cheese cloth)
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice ( optional)

Follow the directions for basic recipe.

HINTS: When turning your zucchini, dip in sugar to coat them, making them more like "gumdrops".
MAKE FRUIT LEATHER : Drain and mash or blend fruit and spread on drying sheets and dry them.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 12:45AM
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joannaw

Do you have to blanch the zucchini first before dehydrating? Or just dry it raw?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 10:19AM
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wtfdouwant

I found a great way to use dried squash & zucchini. Heat a little oil in a skillet with a bit of garlic and some scallions or onions. Toss the dried zucchini in there with a little soy sauce and some sesame oil. Saute until it browns a bit. Add a little water to steam up and soften the zucchini, allowing the water to evaporate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

This is a Korean recipe, but I bet you could use this cooking technique with different seasonings.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 4:55PM
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kriswrite(zone 8)

Just store them in glass jars with tight lids. We just season with salt and pepper.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 3:25PM
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donnaroe

kriswife, how do you use your dried zucchini that you store in the glass jars? Just wondering if I would actually use this if I go to all the work.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 8:49AM
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