How to Freeze Squashes and Pumpkins

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frozen grapes can be a refreshing snack, but upon defrosting, they turn into soggy lumps. It's best to freeze grapes only if you plan to use them in cooking, as they won't retain their fresh texture when eaten raw after thawing.

Yes, both squash and pumpkins can be preserved by freezing, which is an effective method for extending their shelf life.

The best way to freeze fresh squash is to steam blanch it in small quantities for 1 to 2 minutes until translucent. Then pack the squash in containers with a 1/2-inch headspace, cool the containers in cold water, seal, and freeze.

If squash is not blanched before freezing, it may become weepy and watery upon thawing. Blanching helps to preserve the texture, color, and longevity of the squash.

Freezing raw butternut squash is simple and often preferred. Blanching is optional and depends on personal preference regarding taste, texture, color, and nutrient preservation.

Yes, fresh squash can be frozen without cooking. To freeze raw squash pieces, spread them on a baking sheet without touching, freeze until firm, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag.