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Old 10-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Is there an easy way to peel a butternut squash?

I just picked up a couple of large butternut squash at a local farmstand - only $1 a piece so couldn't pass up the bargain. I'd like to peel them and cut them up into chunks before freezing them, but I have never found a easy way to peel them. Anyone have any hint? I know I could cut them in half and bake them, but I'd rather have the chunks so I can microwave what I need.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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I use a good quality potato peeler. Easy.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
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I use a good quality potato peeler. Easy.
Yep, that's how I do it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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I cut rings then just cut the rind off.
How well does it freeze????
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #5
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I use a vegetable peeler too
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #6
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I cut rings then just cut the rind off.
How well does it freeze????
You can buy it in frozen cubes so I would say it's ok to freeze.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #7
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I use a cheap vegetable peeler. works like a charm.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:05 PM   #8
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My mom cuts rings and then peels the rind off with a paring knife.

To the PP asking about freezing. It freezes really well. My mom cooks in Pressure Cooker (though you could probably boil) and mashes then freezes in zip loc bags. She adds cinnamon and other squash pie spices when she thaws then heats and serves. She freezes about a bushel every year sometimes more depending upon what my dad harvests.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #9
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I cut it into fourths or so, depending on the curve of the neck, then use a good sharp knife. I've never found a peeler that was heavy-duty enough to peel easily.

We also freeze the cubes; I love to roast it with garlic & olive oil. Delicious!
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I just bought a small butternut squash just yesterday. Not sure how to cook it, but I was thinking about sweet mashed squash, kinda like sweet potatoes. I have eaten butternut squash pie and loved that. And I like a pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin. So if anybody has some suggestions for cooking it this way, i'm all ears.
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I just bought a small butternut squash just yesterday. Not sure how to cook it, but I was thinking about sweet mashed squash, kinda like sweet potatoes. I have eaten butternut squash pie and loved that. And I like a pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin. So if anybody has some suggestions for cooking it this way, i'm all ears.
You can either roast them in the oven (some peple add brown sugar and spices) and then mash the cooked squash or you can simmer the cubes of squash in hot water and then drain it and mash it just like mashed potatoes. It depends on what flavour you're going for.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #12
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i cut them in half long ways, Scoop out the seeds and fill that hole with water. Then i roast them in the oven or cook them in the microwave. I freeze the cooked squash in freezer bags.
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You can either roast them in the oven (some peple add brown sugar and spices) and then mash the cooked squash or you can simmer the cubes of squash in hot water and then drain it and mash it just like mashed potatoes. It depends on what flavour you're going for.
What's the difference in flavor? It's still butternut squash
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What's the difference in flavor? It's still butternut squash
Huge difference in flavor. Think mashed potatoes vs. oven roasted potatoes. Roasting carmelizes the sugars and makes it o so yummy!
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Huge difference in flavor. Think mashed potatoes vs. oven roasted potatoes. Roasting carmelizes the sugars and makes it o so yummy!
Got it! Roasting, it is.
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