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Preparing butternut squash.

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LovingKent Sat 07-Sep-13 20:03:23

Pierce squash several times with sharp knife. Microwave for about 3 mins. Leave to cool for a minute or two. Peel. Found this tip a while back but it really does work. The skin is much easier to remove this way grin

BirdFromDaNorf Sat 07-Sep-13 19:20:53

Or, you can buy butternut squash that's been peeled and chopped into chunks and frozen for you??? That's what I do!

OnFoot Sat 07-Sep-13 18:49:52

If you're using the oven for whatever you're cooking, then roast the seeds too while it's on - a healthy and tasty snack from something you'd just have thrown out. You can rinse the seeds a lot/little/not at all before roasting depending on how you like them and can fling on salt, pepper or other seasoning as you like.

Chubfuddler Sat 07-Sep-13 18:47:16

Tbh it does taste a bit like a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin.

ThermoLobster Sat 07-Sep-13 18:40:55

Last time I microwaved it for a few minutes before chopping. Made it loads easier.

orangeandemons Sat 07-Sep-13 18:36:39

It's to make a risotto, and am pretty clueless tbh. What does it taste like? Not like pumpkin or sweet potato I hope, which are both yukky IMO.

lollylaughs Sat 07-Sep-13 18:34:47

Peel with a potato peeler, works way better than peeling with knife. I cut into chunks and whack in oven with butter and cinnamon. Or boil peeled chunks and mash with butter.

orangeandemons Sat 07-Sep-13 18:31:04

Boiling in a pan water, or just hot water. They are a bit big for my pans

bookishandblondish Sat 07-Sep-13 18:29:40

Stick in hot water if you need to peel raw for 5/10 mins - makes it much easier

orangeandemons Sat 07-Sep-13 18:27:40

Neenah, sounds like my kind of thing. How long in oven then?

orangeandemons Sat 07-Sep-13 18:27:01

How long in oven before chopping up?. Can you peel them when they come out?

Neena28 Sat 07-Sep-13 18:25:53

I'm super lazy. Bung in oven and all I do is take off the label! Roast them and then the skin peels off, can cut and deseed them effortlessly!

Chubfuddler Sat 07-Sep-13 18:25:19

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Chubfuddler Sat 07-Sep-13 18:25:05

I cut in half, scoop out the seeds and then whack in the oven. Then you can scoop out the flesh.

Nearly lost a thumb trying to peel one so I no longer do.

schmalex Sat 07-Sep-13 18:24:49

You can chop in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in the skin with a drizzle of oil. Then the flesh scoops out.

I haven't tried boiling them.

orangeandemons Sat 07-Sep-13 18:22:53

Now I remember the last time I had a go at one of these, they were bastards to peel and chop.

Aren't you meant to boil them or something first.

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