10 Ways to Hide Zucchini

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Zucchini has showed up in a big way this summer. What started as some struggling transplants from the house to the full sun, transformed into sprawling zucchini producing machines. When you start growing your own food, you discover this community of people that also grow their own food; and they laugh at us beginners that plant too many zucchini plants. If you ever find yourself in this precarious predicament, here are 10 ideas for hiding your zucchini, so you won’t be the butt of many jokes.

  1. Throw it into the chicken pen. The first time I threw a zucchini the size of my leg into the chicken pen, I expected to come home that night and see it rotting away. Instead, the zucchini had disappeared, like a magician’s trick. The chickens peck away until its all gone.
  2. Offer your zucchini to people that do not grow their own food, they will most likely happily take it. If you offer zucchini to someone with a garden, they will likely chase you away with a shovel, or at least politely decline saying they already have quite enough.
  3. Shred the zucchini and make zucchini bread, muffins, pancakes, or bread.
  4. Shred zucchini into pasta sauces.
  5. Shred zucchini and put it in a freezer bag, then in the middle of winter take it out of the freezer bag and hide it in tomato sauce, pancakes, bread, muffins, or cakes (tiny loaves fo zucchini bread always make nice x-mas presents!).
  6. Slice it and grill it. Some people can eat this many times. I am not one of those people. I grilled zucchini at the beginning of the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the prospect of eating it again this way produced a strong gag reflex.
  7. Slice zucchini, lightly salt it and press with a towel to remove moisture, then use it as layers in lasagna.
  8. Shred the zucchini and lightly salt it, then squish it into a ball to remove all of it moisture. Now, you have zucchini noodles that can be topped with tomato sauce or pesto. Any unsuspecting diner that is not eating mindfully, may not notice it is zucchini.
  9. Take the largest zucchini that grew 10 feet over 2 days in the warm sun, while you were away for the weekend; and use this monstrosity as a baseball bat for hitting wormy apples into your chicken pen. (Have you caught on that our extra, non ideal food all becomes chicken food!)
  10. Again, take the largest zucchini of the bunch, tuck it gently under the covers in your bed after your wife has gone to sleep; and sneak off to the pub for a beer with your pals.
Happy food growing and preservation!


From our family to yours,

Ian Chittle



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