Have you "found" an oversized vegetable in your garden? Maybe it was hiding under a leaf or maybe it just had a growth spurt overnight! Anyways, it always happens to us. Last week, when we picked vegetables at my Dad's garden, he had already picked these humongous squash and zucchini. The zucchini is the length of my forearm and I wear a size 9-1/2 sneaker, just so you know it's a biggie!
Some people would just throw these out in the compost pile or feed to their farm animals, but I wanted to share with you a way to prepare them so you can feed your family. Because these are so big, the seeds inside are even bigger. In fact, you can save these seeds and plant them next year. We did that last year with green beans.
Since the seeds are big, the objective is to cut the sides of the zucchini away from the center core filled with seeds. This leaves a "square" shaped core of seeds. You can toss this in the compost or feed your farm animals.
You will need to scoop out a little of the seeds leftover in the sides of the flesh. I use the backside of a peeler, but you can use a spoon too.
Now they're ready to be cut into a manageable sizes. From here I sliced one side in half, then into sticks and finally I cubed them (since I was making our Summer Veggie Pasta Salad).
For the oversized Summer squash, you'll need to peel and slice away the hard outside skin. From there you would proceed with the previous steps outlined for the zucchini.
Next time you have an oversized veggie, don't just toss it, try to make it work. This works for me.
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