Storing Summer Squash

What are Summer Squash?

Summer squash refers to members of the squash family that are harvested while they are still immature and the rind is still tender and edible.  The summer squash family includes:

  • zucchini (or courgette)
  • yellow summer squash (yellow zucchini)
  • pattypan squash (scallop squash)

Now, anyone who has ever tried to grow their own zucchini knows that you cannot grow just a few.  You end up with tonnes of squash!  So, what is the best way to store your zucchini or summer squash?

Storing Summer Squash

Because the skins are soft, these types of squash are extremely susceptible to damage while handling.  Any bruising can reduce the vitamin (especially vitamin C) content of the squash.

They should be wiped clean with a damp cloth before storing.  Make sure the squash is completely dry and then wrap in a plastic bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.

Store in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator.

Summer squash can be stored for about 5 days.

If you have too much and want to store it longer, your best bets would be to either freeze it or shred it and make zucchini bread.

If you found this post useful, or if you have any tips for storing summer squash, please leave a comment.

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