Tackling the job of preparing a butternut squash can be daunting to say the least. Here’s a look at a simple method for how to cut butternut squash that’s quick and straight forward!
How to Cut Butternut Squash
We love having winter squash around come fall and I like to use butternut squash in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s inexpensive to buy at the farmer’s market and is packed with Vitamin A and C, as well as fiber, so it’s a nutritious addition to family meals. I do realize that many grocery stores now sell precut butternut squash, but I find that it can sometimes smell funny (because it might not be the freshest) and it often costs more so I tend to buy them whole.
How to Cut Butternut Squash Step-by-Step Process
Cutting a butternut squash is easy. Here’s a look at how to do it.
- Start by cutting the long neck from the more round base. The seeds are all at the bottom, so this streamlines the process.
- Peel the skin off with a vegetable peeler. You may need to do two layers to get to the bright orange flesh.
- Cut into rounds of an even thickness.
- Cut the rounds across, then across the other way to dice the butternut squash.
- Cut rounds of the base and use the knife to trim off the skin. (It’s often a smaller piece so it’s not that easy to use a vegetable peeler.
- Cut around the interior seeds and membrane and dice the remaining squash.
What about putting a whole squash into the microwave to make it easier to cut?
This is definitely something that people do and that you can do if you want to. This could be a good idea if your knives aren’t particularly sharp or if you tend to have a hard time cutting through winter squash.
How to Cook Butternut Squash
Once you have your diced butternut squash, you can store it in a quart size mason jar for up to 5 days before you cook it. Or you can serve it in any of these ways: