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#1 Tiger

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 01:48 PM

Anybody ever done it? What were your results? and what do you use it in?

I have several books devoted to dehydrating and they all seem to be very skimpy on info relating to summer squash and its uses. I love summer squash fresh, but have never tried preserving it.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:27 PM

When I have excess I slice thin, put my favorite seasonings on it, and dehydrate into snack chips.


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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:58 PM

Yes, I've dehydrated yellow, zucchini, patty pan squash and cucumbers. I use any of them in stew or soup, just drop the dry veggie into the pot. I like the squash reconstituted and fried up with potatoes and onions. Melt a little cheddar over it. I sometimes chop some of the dried veggies up and add them to spaghetti sauce or chili.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:26 PM

Thanks for the inspiration.


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 08:59 AM

What is patty pan squash?

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 10:54 AM


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Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:40 PM

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 03:22 PM

I'm waiting for my first patty pans from the garden. Slice thin, salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Fry in a cast iron skillet till brown on both sides. Serve hot!

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 05:31 AM

Does summer squash need to be blanched before dehydrating?
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 08:31 AM

QUOTE (CrabGrassAcres @ Jun 13 2009, 03:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the squash reconstituted and fried up with potatoes and onions. Melt a little cheddar over it. I sometimes chop some of the dried veggies up and add them to spaghetti sauce or chili.



My hubby likes the squash dipped in batter and fried. Would it work with dehydrated squash? Usually, I just slice and freeze but it would be nice to free up some freezer space(I don't have a lot)

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 11:39 AM

I've never cooked it like that. I think the reconstituted texture would be better than the frozen texture though.

Cricket, I don't blanch it, just slice it about 1/4 inch thick and spread on the trays. I try to work fast and get it right into the dehydrator.
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Posted 12 July 2009 - 12:54 PM

I'll have to try that. Thanks for the info CGA.

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Posted 12 July 2009 - 04:13 PM

I didn't blanch mine and it turned out fine. I've already used some of the dehydrated squash in soup and it was great! Didn't taste any different in the soup than fresh squash would have.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:09 AM

I will definitely be drying some zucchini this summer! Thanks, Ladies!
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:14 AM

We dry lots of yellow summer squash and zucchini. I don't blanch it. I've dried slices and chunks. Both work great. I just reconstitute it as a vegetable all by itself. Very tasty.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:11 PM

Now that things are starting to get ready for Harvest - it is time to dig out the dehydrater and start slicing!
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:07 PM

I'm getting ready to dig out my dehydrator too. I might end up using it in the garage if it stays hot here. I have air conditioning but no use making it work harder than it already is $$$$$

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:43 AM

i bought a new 'chop-a-matic' (precursor to the 'slice-a-matic' they show on TV for giggles, but my real work horse is my "Feemster's Famous Slicer" this time of year....



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