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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Easy Way to Peel Butternut Squash



Since this is the time of year we can enjoy all the many squashes that are available I thought sharing a tip on how to easily peel a butternut squash might come in handy. Some squash, like zucchini and yellow crookneck do not need peeling. Acorn and spaghetti squash we prepare by baking and then scooping out the insides. In thinking about it, butternut squash seems to be the only one we routinely peel when using in a recipe. The challenge is it's thick skin.

To make quick work of peeling a butternut squash-

-prick it with a fork
-put it in the microwave for 45 seconds
-then trim an inch from the base of the squash, cutting the bottom straight across
-stand the cut squash upright and then run your peeler from top to bottom, all the way around it

This process will make quick work of peeling your butternut squash, making it easier to do and more desirable to use in recipes on a regular basis.