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SUMMER SQUASH, (INCLUDING CROOKNECK, SCALLOP, PATTY PAN) — FRESH, RAW, WHOLE

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4-5 days
Freezer
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10-12 months

Tips

  • How long does raw summer squash last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep summer squash refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw summer squash, refrigerate in plastic bag and do not wash until ready to eat.
  • How long does raw summer squash last in the fridge? Properly stored, raw summer squash will usually keep well for about 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze summer squash? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash and cut into 1/2 inch slices (summer squash may also be grated); (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for three minutes (steam grated summer squash for 2 minutes) and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long does summer squash last in the freezer? Properly stored, summer squash will maintain best quality in the freezer for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - summer squash that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if summer squash is bad or spoiled? Summer squash that is spoiling will typically become soft and discolored; discard any summer squash that has an off smell or appearance.

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