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How to Grate Zucchini
Grating zucchini, rather than chopping it, makes it nearly dissolve in baked goods or creates soft, delicate additions to salads and sautés. It's also a fantastic way to prepare zucchini for freezing. To grate zucchini, trim off the ends and remove the seeds, then pass the zucchini over the blades of a plank grater or box grater, or feed the zucchini through the blades of a food processor. The process is simple no matter which tool you choose to use.
Preparing the Zucchini
Wash the zucchini.Even if there's no visible dirt you should always wash them under fresh running water to rinse them of any pesticides or lingering bacteria. With your hand, gently rub the skin of the zucchini while holding it under water until it no longer feels gritty.
Trim off the ends.Remove both the stem end and the flower end of the zucchini with a sharp paring knife.
Remove the seeds.If the zucchini is greater than 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter then the seeds may be large and bitter. If this is the case then carefully split the zucchini from end to end, lengthwise.
- Hold a spoon firmly in one hand and the zucchini in the other, run the tip of the spoon down the zucchini with gentle pressure to remove the seeds. If your zucchini are smaller then you're ready to grate them.
Grating the Zucchini
Grating with a Hand Grater
Select either a plank grater or a box grater.Set the grater on a firm surface such as a cutting board. You can either grate the zucchini in a pile straight on the cutting board, or you can place a bowl under the grater to catch the grated zucchini and make your clean-up easier.
Choose the style of grated zucchini you'd like.Most graters have both coarse and fine patches of the grating surface. Grate a bit on each to test and see what size looks right for your purposes.
- Some graters will have a mandoline-style slit for grating, which will result in thin sliced rounds of zucchini, appropriate for stir-fry, lasagna, or other uses in which you'd like to see the zucchini. This would probably be inappropriate for baking into zucchini bread, however.
Hold the utensil firmly in one hand.With the other hand, hold the zucchini. Evenly run the zucchini up and down the coarse-holed side of the grater while pressing down firmly.
- A box grater will collect the zucchini inside, and you'll need to remove it in order to grate several zucchini. As the zucchini accumulates under the plank grater you can simply scoop it aside to continue grating.
Be careful as you get close to your fingers.You'll have to reposition your fingers slightly as you gradually grate up the zucchini. Eventually, there won't be much left to hold. Don't try to grate it until it disappears, because you'll end up with a little fingertip in your cookies if you're not careful.
- If you're feeling thrifty, stab the nub of zucchini left with a fork and try to grate as much as possible with that, your fingers safely out of the way.
Grating with a Food Processor
Set up your food processor.Affix the coarsest or largest hole grating attachment, according to your food processor's directions.
- Make sure the appliance is clean and assembled properly before starting to grate.
Prepare the zucchini.Depending on the size of your food processor, you might want to chop your larger cleaned zucchini into some smaller pieces before you start feeding it into the food processor.
Turn the machine on and feed the zucchini into the food chute.When the receiving bowl is full, empty the contents, reattach the bowl and continue grating.
QuestionDo I peel a zucchini for a slice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on your personal preference. The skin is edible, but not everyone likes it.Thanks!
QuestionI'd like to make zucchini bread - do I remove the seeds from the zucchini?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDefinitely remove the seeds. By the time the zucchini has large and well formed seeds, it is tougher and the seeds are tough to eat and often taste bitter. They will not be pleasant in the zucchini bread, so it's recommended that you scoop them out before adding the flesh to the bread.Thanks!
QuestionCan I freeze zucchini after I grate it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can freeze it, after grating the zucchini. You can use grated zucchini in stews and soups in winter. You can make a zucchini pizza. When frozen and thawed, you can squeeze out the excess water if needed to use in pizza and breads etc.Thanks!
QuestionWhen measuring grated zucchini, how do I pack it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt doesn't need to be packed tightly to measure. Use a small amount of pressure to add it to your measuring cup, but do not press down tightly.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to drain grated zucchini before making zucchini bread?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, or your bread will come out gummy. Place the grated zucchini in the middle of a clean kitchen towel, fold over and twist both ends. You should get about 1/2 cup or more of liquid.Thanks!
QuestionCan I grate zucchini ahead of time, the day before?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionShould I squeeze the water out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOnly if it was frozen and is now soggy. Aim for a moisture level similar to what it was before you froze it.Thanks!
QuestionWhen measuring zucchini or carrots, do I press the grated zucchini or carrots firmly into measuring cup or measure it loosely?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMeasure it loosely to get an accurate measurement.Thanks!
QuestionWhen l bake zucchini bread, it always falls. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI find that this is usually the result of too much liquid. Adjust your recipe's liquid and see if that helps. Also, check the expiration date on your baking soda, and when you add the baking soda, don't mix the batter too long or the chemical reaction will end before you get the cake in the oven.Thanks!
QuestionIf I'm making vegetable patties with zucchini, do I still need to remove the seeds but not the skin?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, as long as you wash it beforehand. It's a matter of preference.Thanks!
Can I use a blender to blend zucchini?
Can I put zucchini in the blender then in a bread or cake recipe? Or would it be too watery and make the cake or bread not form?
What can be substituted for condensed milk?
To grate zucchini, wash the vegetable under cool running water, and use a knife to cut off the ends. Then, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise to scoop out the seeds in the middle with a spoon. Hold the grater firmly in one hand and hold the zucchini in the other hand, perpendicular to the grating surface that you want to use. Run the zucchini up and down the the grater to slice off small pieces. Be careful as you get to the end of the zucchini so that you don’t cut your fingers on the grater!
- When grating zucchini there's no need to peel it first.
- Peel mature zucchini. The skin is tough and will become hard after freezing or cooking.
- Graters, either hand-held or automated, are sharp. Always keep your fingers and knuckles as far from the grater as possible while grating.
Things You'll Need
Hand-held grater or food processor with grater attachment
Sharp paring knife
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