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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: Frozen Summer Squash, Hacks, Make-Ahead, Summer, Vegetables

Frozen Summer Squash

Alton Brown's Frozen Squash Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 3 pounds
Come summertime, American farms and gardens are overrun with squash of every conceivable shape and size. Take advantage of the bounty by freezing enough to have a little summer all year long. Here’s how I do it.
This recipe first appeared in Season 14 of Good Eats.
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  • 1 1/2 gallons water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds ice
  • 3 pounds summer squash, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch slices
Alton Brown's Frozen Squash Recipe
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 3 pounds

Procedure

  • Put 1 gallon of water and salt into an 8-quart pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Put the remaining 1/2 gallon of water and the ice into a container and set aside.
  • Add the squash to the boiling water and cook it for 3 minutes. Immediately drain in a colander and transfer to the ice bath. Shock for 3 minutes, replenishing the ice if necessary.
  • Drain the squash and transfer it to 2 half-sheet pans each lined with 3 layers of paper towels. Pat dry with additional paper towels. Remove the paper towels and place the pans with the squash in the bottom of the freezer until frozen, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Once frozen, transfer the squash to a resealable 1-gallon plastic bag. Lay the bag flat on the counter and, using a straw, suck out any remaining air in the bag. Label and return bag to freezer. Don’t defrost the squash before using.
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