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Erica Groneman

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Fresh Grown Zucchini

It’s hard to talk about the home garden summer harvest without talking about zucchini. Zucchini is so plentiful, did you know August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day? Isn’t that amazing! Zucchini has its own holiday.

At this point, you probably have a few extra large squashes that snuck away from your gaze for a few too many days. What can be done with these mounds of zucchini piling up on the kitchen counter, besides giving them away?

How Do I Use All My Zucchini?

In baking, zucchini adds moistness, texture, and flavor. These qualities make it a popular ingredient for many muffins, bread, cake, and brownie recipes. Zucchini is used in cooking soups, stews, salad, zucchini chips, or used as a healthy substitute for pasta. Zucchini can also be eaten plain, grilled, boiled, sauteed, or breaded and fried. Try preserving your harvest for a future day through freeze-drying, freezing, or other dehydration methods.

Zucchini is an excellent choice to add nutrition to any meal. Hide it in meatloaf, pizza sauce, or even birthday cake (chocolate birthday cake that is). Once your eyes are open to the benefits and versatility of zucchini, maybe you’ll be sneaking the zucchini from your neighbor’s porch instead!

For a great soup that can be eaten fresh, or frozen for later; try our Minestrone Soup Recipe.

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Kris McDonald

So far I have made zucchini chips, added some to pasta sauce, made some breaded in the air fryer, and ate some fresh. I plan to dehydrate a ton so I can throw it in random recipes. I am also making zucchini relish and zucchini salsa. I have sooooo much zucchini! I am not complaining though. :)


My zucchini did great this year. I am a chef, so I welcome the challenge of creating new recipes (like zucchini pizza crust and stuffed squash blossoms); as well as enjoying tried and true recipes (like zucchini bread and sautéed zucchini noodles with sundried tomatoes).


My True Leaf zucchini seeds are growing plants now and with some zucchini growing well. I have some growing in pots on my balcony. Also in a small patch in the yard. They are the beautiful Grey zucchini a nice thin skin and even the ones that grew large the skin is nice and thin no blemishes either. I made a zucchini bread and added 2 apples and some raisins. It turned out to be more like a coffee cake or a cake. Plenty sweet so I topped with slivered almonds no need for a frosting. The rest of the zucchini I had last week I sliced length wise stacked them in my slow cooker and poured in some frozen peas. I put no water in .I just turned on the slow cooker and at dinner the veggies we nicely steamed and zucchini was great with just butter and salt. Both recipes were quickly finished no leftovers and now I have 3 new picked ones and four on the vine. I love the grey zucchini they are perfection . I would have tons move zucchini if some critter a chipmunk or squirrel wasn’t eating the flowers > My heart is broken for those missed greys…………..


I had no idea about “sneak some zucchini on your neighbor’s porch day”! I haven’t gotten a single zucchini this year as the Oklahoma drought has hit us hard. But I still have some plants growing and am hopeful I’ll have some before our first frost. I love zucchini!!


I am still waiting for my zucchini to flower! LOL! So, unfortunately I don’t have any to sneak on a neighbor’s porch. Great ideas, especially putting in meatloaf as that is one of my favorite dishes.


Zucchini plants are probably the most dependable plants for a solid harvest, I just wish I could get enough squash blossoms for a solid app to share!

Corey Finlay

When I grow zucchini I always have an abundance and can’t give enough away lol. I have started cutting and freezing it so I have it for cooking during the winter. These are some great ideas that I am excited to try with my new zucchini crop!

Shonda B

I’ve love zucchini! I didn’t grow any this year but my neighbor happily shared some of his harvest ☺️☺️☺️

Tiffany King

I am new to the country and to gardening outside of buckets and the Texas drought didn’t help but I am looking forward to growing zucchini and trying out these recipe ideas minus the cake probably. Happy planting this spring friends!

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