Quick like a bunny

Quick like a bunny

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Storing Patty Pan Squash

When planting seeds this spring, I planted some from a huge dark green bumpy pumpkin with dark orange flesh. What grew is this dark green patty pan. Not one but many of these little squash and still producing from one plant. My Patty Pan plant in growing everywhere in my garden and beyond. In deciding that this was as big as they were getting, I started to pick a bunch. Now my question was to what I was going to do with them.

Note: If the Patty Pans are mini sized they do not need to be deseeded. although those are best fresh and eaten raw. Like in salads. I have also noticed my patty pans from the same plant are now growing light green and do not get dark green anymore. They are still very good.

I cut some up and put them in the freezer.

I have learned that it was easiest to cut the bottom off and scoop out the seeds then cut up into smaller parts.

Yes the bottom here in this picture. That is where the many seeeds are.

Then I dehydrated some at 135 until dry and crisp.

So far, I have used this veggie in my dinner meals as added veggies. They cook up soft and are very mild. Here is a stir fry I added Patty Pan and Lemon Cucumber.

The Patty Pans do not store for more than a couple of days on the counter. Must put in fridge asap. and use or store within a few more days. You can lacto-ferment these and can these to, but not my preference.
You can steam these and eat them raw for best nutritional value. Baking, saute' and frying taste very good to.