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.
Time Required: 5 minutes or less
- 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.
- Store your squash in a cool, dark place (a basement or closet works well).
- Then, enjoy your squash throughout winter. Under the right storage conditions, your butternut squash should last two to three months.
- 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.
- When choosing a butternut squash, opt for one that feels heavy for its size.
- 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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