How to Freeze Courgettes
The benefit of blanching your courgettes before freezing is that you are more likely to avoid mushy or discoloured courgettes. It’s effortless to do and takes almost no time at all, so it’s worth adding in this extra step.
- Prepare Your Courgette
Chop up your courgettes into thick slices or chunks, whichever you prefer!
- Blanch Them
Next, boil a pan of water on the hob. Don’t add salt. This can soften the vegetable too much, and that mushy courgette you were trying to avoid will happen anyway! When the water is boiling, add your chopped up courgettes to a wire container and lower them into the pan, and set a timer for 45 seconds to a minute. It is important not to boil them for too long. Drain.
- Flash Freeze
Next, pop the courgettes onto a tray in a single layer and freeze. This will stop your courgette chunks from clumping together.
- Final Freeze
Once they have frozen, you can then take them from the tray and pop the frozen chunks into a freezer bag to save on space. Write the date on the bag, and the process is finished! One handy bag of courgettes to add to your meals.
If you want to freeze raw courgettes, you can do the same process above, miss out on the boiling water stage.
Pop them directly onto the tray to freeze in the same way you would if you had blanched them, and then when they are frozen, you can move them from the tray into a freezer bag.
3 Tips for Freezing Courgettes
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing courgette to have the best results:
- Blanch – Although blanching is often ignored when freezing vegetables, it’s essential if you want the courgettes to retain their texture, flavour and taste.
- Flash Freeze – To prevent the courgettes from sticking into one clump, you must flash freeze them beforehand. It’ll take a little extra work, but it is worth it.
- Try Freezing Roasted – Having ready-to-use roasted vegetables in the freezer is a huge time-saver during the mad working week. Try roasting courgettes (with other veggies) before portioning into bags and freezing.
How Long Can You Freeze Courgettes?
When you freeze courgettes, make sure you write the name and date on the container, so you know when to use them.
You can freeze courgettes for up to three months. Any longer than this will cause the veggies to get freezer burn. This will change the flavour of the courgettes.
You Can Freeze Courgettes for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Courgettes?
Frozen courgettes are one of the easiest vegetables to deal with frozen and actually work best when cooked straight from frozen.
The best use for frozen courgettes is as a healthy way to thicken pasta sauces, soups, or stews, so throw the amount you want straight into the pan when you are cooking the meal.
They only take a few minutes to thaw out and cook.
If you want to defrost first, then take the amount you need out of the freezer and pop it into a bowl and put it in the fridge to defrost. It shouldn’t take too long before your courgettes are defrosted and ready to use.
Can You Refreeze Courgettes?
Courgettes are made of a lot of water. That helps them to freeze well the first time. The problem is when you defrost and then refreeze them, you’ll draw more moisture out of the courgettes.
This can ruin the texture and make them dry and flavourless.
Instead, we would recommend NOT refreezing them and, instead, freeze them in easy to use portions.
Do Courgettes Freeze Well?
Courgettes will never quite be the same frozen as they were fresh. Freezing does change the texture and taste a little.
This is why they are best used in sauces and soups as a vegetable thickener and healthy addition rather than a side portion of veggies.
As long as you are careful, you should be able to freeze and use your courgettes without too many problems. For best results, make sure you use the blanching technique to reduce the amount of texture change there is.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing courgettes or courgettes in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Grated Courgette?
You can freeze grated courgette. There is a problem, however. It will often clump together, making it hard to grab a portion when you need it.
Instead, we recommend freezing the courgette in larger pieces and then grating when you remove it from the freezer.
Can You Freeze Courgetti?
Freezing courgetti is fairly easy. Once you’ve made it, lay it out on a baking tray. Flash freeze it, then carefully remove it from the tray and place it into a plastic container. Freezer bags are no good here as they will be incredibly delicate.
Can You Freeze Courgette Flowers?
It’s certainly possible to freeze them… But we’d avoid it! Unfortunately, when freezing something delicate like courgette flowers, there is a huge chance you’ll ruin the texture.
With texture being important for courgette flowers, we’d avoid freezing them as you’re likely to ruin the texture.