While I was away in Washington, Alan did a great job of watering the garden. So great, in fact, he managed to grow (unknowingly) a 5 pound zucchini! It was a MONSTER! Knowing it would be too tough to enjoy sauted, I had to come up with some other way to use it, and I already have enough frozen grated zucchini for bread recipes for the rest of the year. I thought I remembered a way to make candy out of zucchini, so I did a quick google search for candied zucchini and found several sites that mentioned recipes. Perfect!
Here's how I made candied zucchini...
I added the cubes to 6 cups water (I saw recipes with as little as 3 cups water, and I will try using less water next time I make a batch), 2 1/2 cups sugar, and 2 packets of black cherry kool-aid drink mix. I brought the mixture to a boil, turned the heat down to medium, and let it cook for about an hour.
When the cubes were slightly "transparent" looking, I spooned them out of the mixture. I spread the ruby cubes on the racks of the food dehydrator, set the temp for 125, and let it sit for about 16 hours.
Once the cubes were no longer sticky, I tossed them in a baggie containing a couple of tablespoons of powdered sugar and a bit of corn starch. After shaking them around to get them well coated, I poured the sugared cubes into a fine mesh colander, shook off the excess powdered coating into the sink, and poured them into a dish. Delish! Zucchini candy!
What's amazing is that the once 5 pound zucchini now fits in a pint sized jar.