My first Butternut Squash

October 15, 2007 at 9:06 pm | Posted in butternut squash puree, how to puree, spaghetti squash puree | 2 Comments

So many of the recipes from Deceptively Delicious call for Butternut Squash. Having never bought a butternut squash before, I wasn’t even sure what I was looking for. For the other butternut squash virgins out there, here’s a photo. I also picked up one of my favorites, spaghetti squash. Even though there is not a recipe using spaghetti squash in Deceptively Delicious, knowing that it is a mild tasting vegetable, I thought it might work.

My challenge for today was to cook, puree and package these vegetables.

How to puree Butternut Squash:

  1. Cut off the stem, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Roast the halves on a cookie sheet, flesh-side down, at 400 Degrees for 50-60 minutes
  3. When the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor until smooth.

How to puree Spaghetti Squash:

  1. Leaving the squash whole, pierce the outside with a fork about 8 to 10 times
  2. Roast the squash in a baking pan at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes. It is done when it can be pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.
  3. When the squash is cool enough to handle, cut the squash in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, scoop the flesh into a food processor and puree.

How to package your purees for future use:

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of puree
  2. Store the puree in a snack-size ziploc baggie
  3. With a sharpie marker, write the contents, date, and amount.
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze and thaw when needed.

Why Butternut Squash and Spaghetti Squash? Because hard winter squash has vitamins A and C, beta carotene, potassium, and iron.


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  1. Let me give you a big fat THANKS from those of us who think this all looks divine, but are trying to figure out “What aisle is the spaghetti squash on? Is it long and stringy and served with red sauce? Do you ball it like a melon?” I appreciate the tips on how to prepare it, how to cook it and how to store it! You’re a life saver…my research is done!

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