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How to Store Butternut Squash

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Butternut Squash

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Have access to lots of butternut squash? It's a great candidate for long-term storage. Just follow these steps, and it'll keep for month.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Choose blemish-free butternut squash with hard, dull skins and at least an inch of stem intact. Squash with soft spots, mold or other damage are not suitable for long-term storage.
  2. Store your squash in a cool, dark place (a basement or closet works well).
  3. Then, enjoy your squash throughout winter. Under the right storage conditions, your butternut squash should last two to three months.

Tips:

  1. If your butternut squash is truly ripe (and therefore a good candidate for storage), you shouldn't be able to break the skin with your fingernail.
  2. When choosing a butternut squash, opt for one that feels heavy for its size.
  3. Growing butternut squash in your garden? Be sure to leave them on the vine until late September or early October to give their skins a chance to thicken fully. It's that thick skin that makes them so storage-friendly.

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