In The Kitchen

Zucchini, everywhere

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Zucchini loves the Rim Country. People say it grows almost like a weed once you give it a little bit of attention. I guess I have attention deficit disorder in that regard — my one ambitious attempt to grow zucchini years ago out in Mesa del was a miserable failure.

Fortunately souls with much more successful green thumbs also have generous hearts. So, usually just a hint that I’d like to try to make some zucchini bread results in a bounty of gifts.

If your personal bounty of zucchini is getting on your nerves, take a tip from the wonderful ladies who presented the food preservation program for the Payson Community Garden the last couple of weeks. Wash that zucchini, cut off the ends and shred it, blanch it for 30 seconds, give it an ice water bath for another 30 seconds and package it up in heavy-duty plastic bags or containers for your freezer. Then come the cool days of autumn and the chill of winter mornings you will have it on hand to make a variety of delicious zucchini breads.

These are some recipes the LDS Relief Society Ladies provided at their food preservation classes.

Zucchini Bread

2 cups grated zucchini

3 eggs

1 cup of oil

1 cup of brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup nuts, chopped

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine sugars, eggs and oil. Add spices, baking soda and baking powder, flour and zucchini. Mix well. Add nuts. Fill loaf pan(s) to within no more than a half-inch from the top. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Mix well in a large bowl

3 eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup of oil

2-1/4 cups sugar

Fold in

2 cups shredded zucchini

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Gently fold in

1 pint fresh blueberries

Transfer to greased and floured loaf pans. Bake 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to complete cooling.

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