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Butternut Squash

Butternut squash, also known as butternut pumpkin or gramma, is a versatile and nutrient-rich winter squash with a hard, tan-colored exterior and a tender, orange flesh. A popular staple in many cuisines, this fruit has a slightly sweet and nutty taste, and is often used in both savory and sweet dishes. Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, and potassium, butternut squash is not only delicious but also healthful. To cook butternut squash at home, it can be roasted, boiled, sautéed, or even pureed for soups, casseroles, and pies. Its numerous culinary applications make it an essential ingredient for home chefs looking to create wholesome, comforting meals.
#59
IN FRESH VEGETABLES
45
CAL / 100G
$0.19
AVG / OZ
butternut squash
91%
CARBS
1%
FAT
8%
PROTEIN
Butternut Squash FAQ
Cooking with butternut squash can be intimidating due to its thick skin and hard flesh, but there are simple ways to overcome these obstacles. Many tend to struggle with how to peel and cut the squash as it requires a good deal of effort and caution. A tip on this is to slice off the top and bottom of the squash before you peel it, and then cut it in half to make it more manageable. One common mistake is overcooking the squash which leads to a mushy consistency. To avoid this, it's important to regularly check its texture during the cooking process. However, undercooking it will also result in an unenjoyably hard texture. Easily extract the flavor of butternut squash by roasting it, which caramelizes its natural sugars and intensifies its sweet, nutty taste. Adding it into stews or soups or blending it into purées is also a great way to make the most out of the ingredient. One lesser-known hack is that its seeds can be roasted and eaten, similar to pumpkin seeds.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does butternut squash expire?
Unopened and stored in a cool, dark place (like a pantry), a whole butternut squash should last for about a month. Once cut, it should be refrigerated and typically lasts for a week. Slices of butternut squash can also be frozen and will keep for six to eight months in the freezer.
How do you tell if butternut squash is bad?
Checking if a butternut squash has gone bad is quite simple. For uncut squash, examine the exterior. If there are deformities, dark spots or mold, it's time to toss it away. For sliced squash, if it has a slimy texture, discolored spots or an off smell, discard it immediately. If there's any doubt, it’s always safer to err on the side of caution!
Tips for storing butternut squash to extend shelf life
• Always store uncut butternut squash in a cool, dark place. Avoid exposure to heat and sunlight. • Once cut, wrap the squash tightly in cling film or a sealed container before popping it into the fridge. • To prolong the life of cut butternut squash, consider freezing it. First, blanch the pieces in boiling water for two minutes, then plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process. Dry the pieces well before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. • When you’re ready to use the frozen butternut squash, let it thaw completely in the refrigerator. Do not refreeze once thawed.
EXPIRES WITHIN
6 - 12
WEEKS
Health Info
Macros
16g
CARBS
0g
FAT
1g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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