Is your garden starting to give you Z.O.U.S.'s (zucchini's of unusual size)? Consider shrinking them down. Won't they be wonderful in savory soups and sauces come autumn and winter? I love making these tiny additions to our pantry! Not only do they benefit the food budget, but they allow you to prepare future homemade meals in a pinch.
The first step is to gut the middle of the zucchini with a tablespoon. The seeds will be large with soft flesh because of the mature size, making it easy scoop it out. Feed this to your chickens or add to the compost pile.
Next, chop up the outer firm flesh into small cubes.
Place in a dehydrator for the amount of time that your zone calls for (this is located in your dehydrator manual).
Store your finished product in an airtight container.
To reconstitute: Place equal amount of boiling water to your amount of dried vegetable. Soak from 10 minutes to 2 hours depending on how soft you need them to be. You could also toss them directly into soups and sauces as they cook (which I do a lot of the time) but they may not be as tender or flavorful.
You may also be interested in "what to do with all your zucchini"…
"When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you."
~ Psalm 128:2
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