Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup

Learn how to cut a butternut squash safely with this step-by-step tutorial (video included).

It’s butternut squash season again! I thought we could all use a quick refresher this season on how to cut butternut squash…the safe way,

And because I care about us and our sanity and the preservation of all ten of our precious fingers.

Because let’s be real, as delicious as butternut squash may be, it is approximately zero fun to cut and peel. And if done the wrong way, it can put the safety of those fingers holding the squash in serious jeopardy. But if done the right way, I promise that you can peel and cut butternut squash much more easily, quickly and safely. And before you know it, you will be cooking it up in no time.

So let’s get to it! Here are my best tips for how to store, select, cook, peel and cut butternut squash!

How to Cut Butternut Squash | 1-Minute V >

How To Select A Ripe Butternut Squash:

When shopping for a ripe butternut squash, in general you want to look for a squash that is…

How To Soften Butternut Squash Skin:

The skin on butternut squash is notoriously tough and difficult to peel. So, just use a fork or paring knife to poke holes all over the skin of the squash if you would like to soften the skin a bit before peeling your butternut squash. Then pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes, remove, and proceed onward with peeling the squash.

How To Peel Butternut Squash:

I highly recommend using a good-quality sharp peeler to peel butternut squash. I prefer using a Y peeler, but a swivel peeler would also work. That said, if you do not own a peeler, you can halve the squash horizontally (see photos below), place the cut side down on a flat surface, and then use a knife to vertically slice off the peel.

How To Cook Butternut Squash:

There are actually lots of great options for how to cook butternut squash, such as…

How To Store Butternut Squash:

Fresh (whole) butternut squash should be stored in a cool, dark place in order to prevent ripening. Depending on its ripeness when purchased, fresh butternut squash should last for 1-3 months.

Uncooked (diced) butternut squash can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Or to freeze diced uncooked butternut squash, spread it out on a parchment-covered baking sheet in an even layer (no overlapping). Then freeze on the baking sheet for 3-4 hours, or until frozen. Remove the baking sheet, and transfer the diced squash into a freezer bag or storage container, then freeze for up to 3 months.

Cooked (diced or mashed) butternut squash can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Or to freeze diced cooked butternut squash, spread it out on a parchment-covered baking sheet in an even layer (no overlapping). Then freeze on the baking sheet for 3-4 hours, or until frozen. Remove the baking sheet, and transfer the diced squash into a freezer bag or storage container, then freeze for up to 3 months.

Butternut Squash Recipes:

Looking for some butternut squash recipe inspiration? Here are some of my faves!