Learn the basics of how to properly peel & chop a butternut squash!
by Lindsay Evans
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Often thought of as a winter veggie, butternut squash are actually an ultra-versatile veggie that can be bought and enjoyed year-round. Some of our favourite things to do with them during the summer months include roasting chunks with some olive oil and sea salt and tossing them into a healthy bowl (think quinoa, kale, avocado and pine nuts,) thinly slicing them into rounds and using them as a pizza topping, dicing one or even stirring chunks into your favourite summer risotto recipe! Interested in trying it but not sure how to get to the 'goods'? We're sharing 5 simple steps (plus a video!) on how to peel and chop a butternut squash.
5 steps to peel and chop a butternut squash:
1.Trim top and bottom of squash - Using a very sharp chef's knife, cut off about 1/2-inch off the bottom (the larger end) of the squash in one even slice (this will ensure you have a good base for it to sit on.) Then use the same knife to cut off about 1/4-inch from the stem (top) end. Discard ends.
2.Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin from the squash - Hold the squash in one hand and use the peeler to peel long strips off of the outer layer of the squash. Don't have a peeler? Don't fret. You can also stand the squash up on one of its now flat ends and carefully use a knife in downward strokes to cut off outer peel. Discard skin. Stand the peeled squash upright on a cutting board and make one long cut, down the middle from the top to bottom, with a heavy chef's knife.
3.Scrape seeds - Use a large metal spoon to scrape out the seeds and the stringy pulp from the squash cavity into a bowl. Discard or separate the seeds from the pulp and roast the seeds (like you would pumpkin seeds.)
4.Chop squash - Lay the squash halves cut side down on the cutting board so that you have a stable base to work with. Using a sharp knife, cut the squash into 1-inch slices, lengthwise.
5.If you're looking for chunks - If your recipe calls for cubed or diced squash, lay the slices lay the slices flat on the cutting board and cut each crosswise into chunks or small dice.
Fun fact - One medium butternut squash will yield approximately 4 cups cubed squash.
Check out our Quick Bites Video on How to Peel & Chop A Butternut Squash!