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Old 08/20/10, 10:33 AM
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Patty Pan squash

my Dh is crazy about it. Stir fryed/steamed. Is there any way I could cann it and keep that taste. Canned because he takes home canned to work. Thanks.
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Old 08/20/10, 11:53 AM
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Our family has been eating patty pan for years. And it is one of the only things I start from seed every year since I can't readily find the seedllings around here.

You would technically process as any other summer squash - however I know they don't have instructions for it anymore - I'm not sure if it was a safety issue or a quallity issue. But summer squash pretty much turns to mush in the pressure canner.

I've had decent luck freezing it. You have to peel it - even the small ones. And take the seeds out - even the smalll ones. (So whenever one would get big, I would just chop it up for the freezer). I would then add a chopped onion to each freezer bag. Take it frozen and put it in a fry pan with butter - olive oil won't due. Put a cover on the pan and let it cook. Once it is almost defrosted, put another pat of butter in the pan and take the lid off. Decent patty pan - at least for the winter.
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Old 08/23/10, 03:15 AM
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I dehydrate my excess patty pans. I slice them thin, skin, seeds and all and dehydrate them quite dry. Once dry,I keep them in a gallon pickle jar that has a lid. I use the dehydrated squash in soups and casseroles in the winter. It adds alot of "body" to the soups as well as some nutrition. I also do this with yellow and green summer squashes.
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