Reheating leftovers is very sustainable and a great way of saving food. If you happen to have leftover zucchini boats in your house then here are few methods that you can use to reheat them. However, before listing the various methods, it is very essential to know that zucchini’s turn mushy when exposed to a lot of heat. Therefore, when reheating zucchini boats make sure you are using just the right amount of heat or else you risk sacrificing their texture.
What are zucchini boats?
Zucchini boats are basically stuffed zucchini’s. In order to make the zucchini boats you have to start by cutting the zucchini into half. Scoop out most of the flesh from the zucchini so that you can make room for your filling. In most cases you will only remain with the zucchini shell or the outside part of the zucchini. In order to make the filling you can use any ingredients of your choice. Some of the most common ingredients that are used include sausage, cheese and various herbs and spices.
Reheat zucchini boats in the microwave
NB: this is the easiest and fastest method of reheating leftover zucchini boats.
When reheating leftover zucchini boats in the microwave the first step is to take an oven safe plate and place the zucchini boats inside.
Place the plate in the microwave and reheat the zucchini boats for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds take them out of the microwave and check to see if they are reheated. If not, add an additional 15 seconds until they are completely reheated.
Once the zucchini boats have completely reheated, take them out of the microwave and serve immediately.
Reheat zucchini boats in the oven
NB: this is also another decent method for reheating zucchini boats but, make sure you keep a close eye on the zucchini boats or else the zucchini’s will turn mushy.
In order to reheat leftover zucchini boats in the oven you need to start by preheating the oven to 350F.
While the oven is heating up, take a baking sheet then line the zucchini boats inside. Make sure that the zucchini boats are not overcrowded in the baking sheet.
Place the zucchini boats in the oven and reheat them for 1 or 2 minutes before taking them out. Check to see if the zucchini boats are fully reheated and if they are not, return them inside and reheat them for another minute.
When the zucchini boats are ready, remove them from the oven and serve immediately.
Reheat zucchini boats in a toaster oven
NB: this is a good alternative to use if you do not have an oven and the results of using this method are similar to those that you get when you use an oven.
When reheating zucchini boats in a toaster oven the first thing that you need to do is to preheat the toaster oven to 350F.
Take a baking sheet them place the zucchini boats inside. Place the baking sheet in the toaster oven and let the zucchini boats reheat for a minute. Remove them from the oven and check if they are warm enough to it. If they are not, return them into the toaster oven for another minute.
Once the leftover zucchini boats are ready, remove them from the toaster oven and serve while hot.
How to store zucchini boats
There are 2 methods of storing leftover zucchini boats. These methods include storing zucchini boats in the fridge or in the freezer. The fridge provides short term storage while the freezer provides long term storage.
Store zucchini boats in the fridge
NB: the fridge stores zucchini boats for up to 4 days, so only use this method if you plan on using the zucchini boats within a short space of time.
In order to store leftover zucchini boats in the fridge you need to start by letting the zucchini boats cool down at room temperature. This is because if you place them in the fridge while hot, they will alter the temperature of the fridge. This will then compromise the shelf life of other foods in the fridge. Once the zucchini boats have cooled down, place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. Use them within 4 days or else you risk eating rotten zucchini boats.
Store zucchini boats in the freezer
NB: leftover zucchini boats that are stored in the freezer can last for up to 1 or 2 months.
When storing zucchini boats in the freezer, the first step is to let the zucchini boats cool down. Once they have cooled down, transfer them into an airtight container or freezer bag. If using a freezer bag, take out as much air as possible before closing the bag. Place the freezer bag or container in the freezer. The zucchini boats will last 1 to 2 months in the freezer so make sure you use them up before they turn bad.
General tips for reheating zucchini boats
- If you plan on reheating zucchini boats that are stored in the freezer, make sure that you thaw them overnight in the fridge so that they will be easier to reheat.
- Never thaw zucchini boats on a countertop because you will be exposing them to bacteria.
- Avoid thawing zucchini boats in the microwave as they will turn mushy.
- Keep a close eye on the zucchini boats during the reheating process so that you minimize the chances of eating mushy zucchini boats.
Serving suggestion of zucchini boats
Zucchini boats often pair well with salads or garlic bread. You can also serve the zucchini boats with corn on a cob or asparagus.
There are 3 methods that you can use to reheat zucchini boats but, always choose the method that is more convenient to you. Remember to always store zucchini boats in the fridge or the freezer or else you risk exposing them to bacteria.