It is a fairly common reaction to say something about zucchini and get back a groan. You plant a single plant and end up with enough zucchini to overwhelm you. How much zucchini bread can one family eat?
To me, zucchini are a wondrous bounty to be embraced. I have a developed a good system for growing zucchini in pots and I start six plants for myself each year. We love eating fresh zucchini. We eat it almost every morning fried as part of our breakfast. I also use it spiralized and sliced into a vegetarian lasagna. The beauty of zucchini is it blends into whatever dish it is part of taking on the flavour around it. If you fry it with turkey bacon it takes on the turkey bacon flavour without adding calories or salt. And so I am always delighted to get more.
I also like to set the bounty of summer aside to enjoy over the winter. The easiest way to do this is a simply loose pack freeze. What could be easier? Slice the Zucchini and freeze it on a cookie sheet and then once it is frozen, put it loose into freezer bags. Later, when the ground is frozen, I take handfuls and throw zucchini into soups and stews. They cook down almost to mush and readily blend into broths enriching them. If you leave the peels on, that will add a bright dash of color to any dish. Personally, I peel the green zucchini but not the tender skinned yellow variety. To make it invisible in your soup peeled and grated works perfectly.
Zucchini can also replace cucumber in any relish or pickle recipe. I have already made zucchini relish with great success. This year I tried one jar of pickled zucchini to which I added some hot peppers from the garden. Hubby dearest loves a hot pickle so it this works out I’ll be making many more jars next year. It sure holds that lovely yellow color better than a cucumber.
Finally, this year I also tried drying zucchini. Stocking up for the pandemic meant freezer space was at a premium. I have been trying drying a lot of things and so far it has worked very well for green peppers, mushrooms, and turnips. Zucchini seems to dry very well. It has held its shape and I suspect will be nearly as good in a soup or stew as the frozen product without taking up freezer space. Never let it be said that zucchini produces too much. The limits are only your own imagination. There is so much more than just Zucchini bread you can do with it.