Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Zucchini Flour

Zucchini is prolific in our garden and I’ve been on the search for ways to use it.  Here’s what I’ve found so far:

Zucchini Bread 
Zucchini Pineapple
Zucchini Flour
Yes, you read that correctly …  zucchini flour.  Here’s how to make it:

Wash and peel the zucchini

Using a carrot peeler, ‘peel’ the zucchini until it is all in small strips.  I used the zucchini that had gotten BIG.   I also sometimes peel the zucchini and slice it into 1/8 inch slices.  In fact, having tried both ways I think I prefer the later, but that's just my personal preference.  Both ways work fine.

Place in dehydrator and dry

When drying is complete, put the dried zucchini strips in a blender, food processor or chopper and grind it into flour.

Note:  zucchini flour would do well preserved by oven canning.

Okay, so now we have zucchini flour, what do we do with it?   Here are some ideas:

Substitute 1 cup for flour in bread recipes

As a filler in meatloaf, burgers, etc

or

In squash/zucchini patties

Can you think of other ways to use zucchini flour?

patsy



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25 comments:

  1. Homemade pet food, chicken food? Maybe the chunky version :)

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  2. Interesting. I'll have to add that to my list of zucchini uses for later this summer

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    1. I make lists of ways to use things too!

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  3. I say zucchini flour listed on one of your other posts and couldn't figure out what you do with it. It is now on my list of things to make this summer and I will be trying it out in our burgers for sure. Thank you so much.

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  4. It's a good way to sneak in some veggies!

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  5. You're quite welcome! As of today, I'm still making zucchini flour. My dehydrator is getting a good workout!

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  6. How about pancakes, could you, have you used it for this?

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    1. I don't see why you couldn't. I've not tried it, but it should work!

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  7. Just in case you don't know this, you can make yeast breads using frozen grated zucchini as well. The recipe I have is wonderful for light dinner rolls and I sometimes also add things like sunflower seeds to it. A fun change for "zucchini" bread!

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    1. I'd love to have your dinner rolls recipe!

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  8. Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread - makes 4 loaves or make up as dinner rolls
    2 cups pureed zucchini - I often use thawed frozen shredded zucchini
    2 c warm water
    2 T yeast,dissolved in the above
    2/3 c oil
    1/2 c honey
    2 teaspoons salt
    Mix above and add enough unbleached flour to make a thin batter.
    Stir in whole wheat flour until a stiff ball forms. (This does take quite a bit of flour)
    Knead dough until smooth and not sticky - let rise until doubled.
    Optional - punch down and knead again. let double a second time - makes for finer texture.
    Knead once more and shape into loaves or rolls.
    Place into oiled pans and let rise to top of pans.
    Bake 350 for 35-40 min for loaves about 15-20 for rolls. Can make cinnamon rolls from this also.

    I got this recipe from a 4-H newsletter when my daughter was in 4-H for a very short time. Probably the only newsletter I ever got from them!
    I also sold breads etc at the Farmers Market in my area of Wyoming at the time and often made these.

    You can add other seeds such as sunflower or whatever you like - I just added what I thought looked good!! :) Perhaps you could also use some of your zucchini flour - if I get an abundance of zucchini I will try making some flour!

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    1. This sounds delicious! Thank You for sharing!

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  9. This is so interesting! I'm wondering, since there's no peel on the zucchini, is the resulting flour flavorless? No bitterness at all? Could you sub all of the flour in a recipe, or only a portion of it? I don't even have a dehydrator yet, but this is really fascinating because I'm steering clear of wheat flours as they make me gain big time. Thanks so much for your time!

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    1. Good questions ...

      Is the resulting flour flavorless? To me, it has a mild flavor, depending on the variety.

      No bitterness at all? I haven't found any, here again I'm sure the variety and possibly the size of the zucchini might have something to do with the bitterness factor.

      Could you sub all of the flour in a recipe or only a portion of it? I've not tried subsituting all of the flour in a recipe for zucchini flour. Not sure how it would do.

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  10. Thanks so much for your reply! Good to know!

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  11. Zucchini-Flour..I have never really heard of that before....Do you think it would taste good as zucchini muffins?

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  12. I don't see why it wouldn't. I would subsitute part of the flour for zucchini flour instead of using all zucchini flour to start with.

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  13. Wow, that is really interesting! We don't have a food dehydrator but my parents do and they have lots of zucchini so maybe they would like to give it a try and give me some :) Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday, hope to see you again this week!

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  14. That is a good idea. I hope our zucchini grows this year.

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  15. I am going to try making your zucchini flour. I am gluten-free and have a million different flours, but this one would be very low carb. Thanks a bunch

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  16. I would love to know if the dried zucchini flour can be used to make a more noodle like texture than the fresh spiralized zucchini noodles? If so i'm growing some zucchini indoors haha.

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    1. I don't know, if you try it, be sure and come back and post your update!

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  17. How long do you put the zucchini in the dehydrator for??? Is it on low, med or high? I have so many large zucchini's in the garden, so it would be fantastic. Will take a while to peel though!

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