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Squirrling away for winter…

By Julie Norman

Like a little squirrel hiding pine nuts and acorns for winter, I've been busy freezing zucchini and corn for that season too.  Though my zucchini is coming along slowly, a friend growing a different variety keeps bringing in huge ones to work.  If no one else grabs them, I take them home, grate them up and freeze them for zucchini bread later in the season. This recipe is my go-to zucchini bread recipe.

I also discovered City Market had Olathe Sweet Corn 5 ears for $1 this week!  WHAT A BARGAIN! I'd already gotten some from Safeway, but yesterday I ran down to CM and got 12 more ears for $2.40.  I mean...can you really beat that? I kept two out for tonight but blanched and cut the rest off the cob for freezing.  Between my Safeway and CM trips I have 3 quart bags of corn in the freezer.  Let me tell you, if it's still that cheap next week I'm buying more!

What's coming up later in the season? Well if the flowers on them are any indication I'll be overrun with zucchini, spaghetti and butternut squash.  My tomatoes and peppers are already producing lots and my cucumbers are right behind them.  While I can't freeze the cucumbers, I can most definitely freeze tomatoes and peppers.  The squash will keep just fine in a cool place for a while (the winter varieties anyway).

Finally, I"m keeping an eye out for City Market's sale on Hatch Green Chiles.  Last year they had them for .99/lb.  Yes, I can go buy them already done from a farm stand, but they make my house smell SO GOOD when they're roasting! Then I'll peel them and freeze 3-4 chiles per bag for chili verde, green chile and cheese quesadillas and all sorts of other awesome dishes for winter.

If you've got the space and the income right now, buy a chest freezer.  This is the time of year when everything from peaches to peppers is in abundance and you'll be grateful this winter that you were able to capture as much summer goodness as possible.

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