Butternut squash is one of those fruits that people of all ages love. It is delicious and greasy. However, making it is not easy. Many people have wondered about how to cut butternut squash properly. That’s why KITCHENBAR wrote this article for you!
- How to Cut Butternut Squash: Step-by-Step
- The Best Tools to Cut Butternut Squash
- Some of the Best Butternut Squash Recipes
- Some Methods for Storing the Butternut Squash
How to Cut Butternut Squash: Step-by-Step
Actually cutting butternut squash is not too difficult. You can do it yourself easily if you follow these steps:
- Cut off the ends.
- Peel it with a vegetable peeler.
- Cut the squash in half.
- Seed scraping.
- Cut butternut squash into slices.
- Stack and slice, then cut horizontally into cubes.
Keep the squash as steady as possible while slicing. If you have a rubber mallet that can help you gently push the knife through hard-to-sharpen areas. Using a very sharp vegetable peeler, one with a carbon steel blade, will help peel the skin.
By the way, you should microwave the pumpkin (whole) for about 30 seconds before peeling. This will help soften the peel just enough to make it a little easier to peel.
Step 1: Cut off the ends
Using a heavy, sharp chef’s knife, cut an even slice about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the squash. Then, cut 1/4 inch from the top of the stem.
Step 2: Peel it with a vegetable peeler
One hand holds the squash, the other hand uses a vegetable peeler to peel off the outer skin of the squash. You can also keep the squash upright and peel it downwards with a peeler.
Step 3: Cut the squash in half
Place the peeled squash upright on a cutting board. You want the squash to be stable, don’t make it wobble. If it’s wobbly, make another cut at the bottom to make it even. Using a heavy chef’s knife cut a long line from top to bottom in the middle from top to bottom.
Some butternut squashes can be quite difficult. To help with the cut, you can tap the ends of the knife with a rubber mallet to help push the knife down through the squash.
Step 4: Seed scraping
Use a metal spatula to remove the seeds and pulp from the squash cavity. If desired, you can prepare the seeds like toasted pumpkin seeds.
Step 5: Cut butternut squash into slices
Place two squash halves, cut side down on a cutting board for stability. Making portions one at a time, cut the squash into slices, the desired length and width of the squash. Some recipes call for 1/2 inch slices or cubes, some for 1 inch or larger.
Step 6: Stack and slice, then cut horizontally into cubes
If you’re slicing squash, lay down the slices (you can stack several at a time) and make a series of other cuts lengthwise. Then cut horizontally to form cubes. A 1/2 pound pumpkin will yield about 4 cups of 1/2 inch cubed squash.
The Best Tools to Cut Butternut Squash
To cut butternut squash properly, two tools that you cannot fail to equip are a good quality knife and a peeler.
The most important thing when working with large, hard vegetables is to make sure you have the right equipment. This basically means getting the biggest, sharpest knife you own since the weight and length of the knife will do a lot of the work here. A flimsy or dull knife will make your life much more difficult and can also be dangerous as it can easily slip and cut you.
Your other important tool that should also be as sharp as possible is a peeler. I recommend looking for peelers with carbon steel blades because they have a sharper edge longer than stainless steel. I like the simple, inexpensive “Swiss” peeler. They are usually under $5 each and last a long time. I think the one pictured above is over 5 years old and still going strong even though I use it a few times a week.
Some of the Best Butternut Squash Recipes
In fact, there are so many great options for how to cook avocado squash, such as…
- Roasted butternut squash: This is a very delicious and rich dish, put butternut squash slices in the oven and enjoy slowly.
- Baked butternut squash: If you don’t want to bake the baked pumpkin over high heat (which tends to cause the edges of the squash to turn brown and crunchy), you can bake butternut squash, which simply means cooking at a lower temperature for a little longer. When making butternut squash – cut in half or chopped into cubes – I recommend cooking at 350°F until the squash is tender. Depending on the size of your pumpkin pieces, you can set your cooking time.
- Slow-cooking squash: Place whole (uncut) squash in a large slow cooker. Cook slowly on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours, until squash is tender and cooked through.
- Butternut squash in the Instant Pot: Place the steamer basket in the bottom of your pressure cooker. Cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise. Then before pouring in 1 cup of water, place the halves side by side in the pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure (manual mode) for 12 minutes, followed by natural release for 10 minutes, followed by quick release.
- Buttered squash: Cut squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Use a large saucepan, then heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add squash and sauté for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender.
Some Methods for Storing the Butternut Squash
Fresh squash (whole) should be stored in a cool, dark place to prevent ripening. Depending on its ripeness when purchased, fresh butternut squash will keep for 1-3 months.
Uncooked (diced) squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or freeze uncooked squash, diced, and spread evenly on a parchment-covered baking tray (do not overlap). Then freeze on a baking tray for 3-4 hours, or until frozen solid. Remove the baking tray and transfer the diced squash to a freezer bag or storage box, then freeze for up to 3 months.
Cooked squash (diced or mashed) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or freeze cooked zucchini, diced, and spread evenly on a parchment-covered baking tray (do not overlap). Then freeze on a baking tray for 3-4 hours, or until frozen solid. Remove the baking tray and transfer the diced squash to a freezer bag or storage box, then freeze for up to 3 months.
Hopefully this article by KITCHENBAR has been able to help you know how to cut butternut squash the right way. Don’t forget to share your results or experiences with us below. We look forward to reading your comments.