How to Store Summer Squash, Patty Pan Squash, and Zucchini

summer squash and patty pan squash

One of the first veggies in our Summer CSA Share is the delightfully versatile summer squash. Part of the cucurbita pepo family, this tender vegetable can easily stand alone in a simple saute, or partner with other ingredients in a shish kabob, pizza, soup–and the list goes on.

yellow zucchini

yellow zucchini

patty pan squash

patty pan squash


To store properly, keep the squash dry and unwashed. Then place in a perforated plastic bag or plastic/paper bag with one end of the bag open, and keep in the crisper drawer in your fridge. Ideal storage temperature is between 45-50 degrees, so if you have a way to store in this temp, go for it. If not, don’t worry about it–storing it cool in the fridge is better than keeping it on the counter.

Summer squash and patty pan squash recipes coming soon!


  1. Becki on September 17, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I’m new to Patty Pan squash. I’m really looking forward to learning more about cooking them, et cetera. I saw a food show that included them and became interested in learning more about them, and my husband bought seeds for them this year. Honestly, I think that we’re both interested in learning more about them. We love summer squash as it is, so it should be a great addition to our gardening in the future.

    • Julie Oudman Perkins on September 18, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Thanks for sharing, Becki! I agree that patty pan squash is a great addition to your garden!

  2. Carol on June 16, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    We have been growing patty pan squash for years now. Added the green ones this year. I chop & mix yellow squash, zucchini and patty pan and onions (salt, pepper & garlic to taste) and stir fry them – easy and delicious.

    • Julie Oudman Perkins on June 29, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      That sounds delicious!

    • George Heximer on August 29, 2023 at 1:49 pm

      75 yo and the first time to grow pati pan squash, ate my first one yesterday, (chopped in about 1 in chuncks and air fry with avacato oil, salt, and pepper and some Italian seasoning 400 degree air frier and cooked around 12-15 minutes total , turning halfway or more.

      excellent flavor, I don’t know how I have missed these all these years

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