It’s winter squash season.
Ever wondered why they are called winter squash? It’s because they ripen just at the end of the growing season. And their hard outer covering allows them to last a good, long time. Into the winter, in fact. Butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash all go into this category.
Each of these squashes is delicious, but a little tricky to use. You have to know how to get to all the yummy stuff inside and the best way to do it. The butternut squash is a bit daunting. It’s got such a funny shape. But really, it isn’t too hard when you know how.
Winter squash dishes are great to include with your Thanksgiving feast. (Stay tuned for some Thanksgiving recipes, including squash recipes.)
First of all, you will want to use a heavy knife. Winter squash are firm, dense, heavy-duty. It’s one of the reasons they last so long. Squishy stuff goes bad faster, fact of life.
#1. Slice off the top and bottom of the squash to give you a flat surface. Remember this rule from our knife skills series?
#2. Peel that puppy. I just use my handy-dandy peeler and go to town. Peel down until you all of the skin and pale layer just under the skin is gone.
It will look like this. “Hello there naked squash. Comer here often?”
#3. Now cut the squash in half lengthwise. This is when a heavy knife will really come in handy.
You end up with this.
#4. Scoop out the seeds. I use a tablespoon to do this because mine happen to have somewhat sharp edges. But you can use whatever does the trick.
#5. Now separate the bulb end from the top. We will deal with these two pieces separately.
#6. Flip the bulb end over to the flat surface. Cut into slices like this. You will need to angle your knife in towards the center of the squash since it isn’t a square. The slices you make will be somewhat wedge shaped.
You will end up with these.
#7. Turn these slices and cut into cubes.
#8. Now onto the top part of the squash. Cut it into long rectangles.
#9. Now cut the rectangles length wise. I usually do the top part separately, since it is a little smaller.
#9. Now turn the strips and cut into cubes.
Obviously you can vary the size of your dice depending on what you want to do with the squash.
#10. The End.
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