How to Freeze Zucchini Noodles

If there was ever something to miss about going carb-free, it's pasta. Is it that satisfying toothsome-ness,  the twirling of long strands, or the way dinner comes together in a flash? My husband missed eating pasta even more than me, so when my Mom found this thing called the spiralizer, I had to borrow it. This hand-crank machine makes quick work of zucchini, carrots and potatoes. It also comes with three blades, but I haven't gotten much beyond the smaller shredding blade.

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How to Freeze Zucchini "Noodles"

Ingredients

  • 4 large zucchinis (or 8 small ones)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Directions

I experimented with the zucchini "noodles" and, how best to freeze them in single serving bags. Spiralize your zucchinis using a spiralizer (or you can shred a zucchini on the widest setting of a hand shredder). Then place the spiralized vegetable into a colander and add the kosher salt. Stir in the kosher salt and let the zucchini drain at room temperature for 20-30 minutes to draw out the excess moisture. Place the drained zucchini into individual serving-sized storage bags in the freezer until ready to serve. My single serving size is approximately a cup and a half.

I found that salting the zucchini produces a better texture that holds up to heartier pasta sauces.

Note: Of course, instead of freezing these "noodles" you may want to eat them immediately. You can skip the salting stage and simply saute in olive oil or butter and top with your favorite sauce. 

To Reheat the "noodles"

To reheat the noodles, I put the single-serving into a handled strainer basket (see first picture above), and hold it in boiling water for 1 minute, until just heated through. I picked up this one at my local Asian food market. I then drop the regular wheat pasta into the boiling water for my husband and son. 

Spiralizing potatoes

Spiralizing potatoes

Spiralizing carrots! 

Spiralizing carrots! 

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I love having so many options at my fingertips. I love being able to stick to my diet and still give my guys the pasta they want. And, with just a little bit of prep work, I can stock my freezer with as many 30 minute meals as I can stand. Zucchini "noodles" are a win-win in my book.

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