Do you know the best way to prepare butternut squash? The techniques are a matter of opinion, but using the microwave makes the peeling and cubing of this tough squash an easy job.
Last year, I wrote about using the slow cooker for butternut squash. Many people commented on that post that I was missing the boat and I should use my microwave.
I wasn’t sure that a butternut squash would fit in my microwave but I am always game to try something new – especially if it will make my life easier.
The goal here is to make it easy to peel, seed, and chop the squash so you are ready to use it in recipes such as my roasted butternut squash with cinnamon or my favorite soup on this planet, butternut squash coconut curry soup.
I decided to shoot photos of all the steps so you would be convinced to pick up a fresh butternut squash from your grocery store or farmer’s market.
First, you stab it all over with a sharp paring knife. This is the fun part. Keep in mind that if you don’t do this, the steam inside the squash will force it to explode in your microwave – not fun.
Then, you try to fit it in your microwave. This squash is about 3 pounds and it fit into my wee little microwave. You can cut the squash into chunks if it doesn’t fit as a whole squash.
Turn it on for five minutes and check to see if you have softened it. It took my lame microwave 15 minutes to soften the butternut squash enough to prepare it.
Peeling should be easy now! The squash is soft and it also should be easy to pull out all of the seeds.
Because the seeds and the strings attached were softened by cooking, it was easy to spoon it out.
Finally, the softening allows you to cut it into chunks in a flash. The squash next to the peel will be a little bit softer and this whole preparation process is a bit messy BUT I had about 3 pounds of cubed squash when I finished.
This cost me a fraction of what it would have cost if I had bought the squash pre-cut. You can now freeze the squash for later use.
If you don’t have a microwave or don’t like to use it – try my slow cooker version.
Have you used the microwave to help you with preparing butternut squash?
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