Confession: I refrain from buying produce I don’t like to prep. I hate mincing garlic (annoying), slicing onions (my eyes!), and peeling anything with skin—apples, potatoes, and especially…butternut squash. The skin has a lot of nutrients, so in most cases, this works out totally fine because I can tell myself it’s better for me not to peel my fruits and veggies (more nutrition! less waste! save time!). Except butternut squash. That one requires some prep work.
I’ve gotten creative about cutting squash in half and baking it skin-on so I can then simply scoop out the cooked insides and use it in soups and smoothies. But I was absolutely craving roasted cubed squash the other week—tender but not mushy with those lovely caramelized edges!—and I knew it was time I figured out once and for all how to break down a damn butternut squash without losing half of it to my peeler and in a way that doesn’t make me legitimately worried I’m going to take off a finger or two. Can I blame this on being left-handed?
After much thought and strategizing (seriously, I needed a game plan), I’ve finally settled on a butternut squash peel + cut process that’ll work for me. And hopefully you too, if you also avoid squash because it’s a PITA to cut and you may or may not be vegetable peeler-challenged.
Regular recipe instructions are below, and we (Aaron) also took a photo of each step for you (and me) (I know I’ll need to reference this post). Let’s do this!
How to Peel & Cut a Butternut Squash
Prep Time: 10 mins
An easy step-by-step process that'll make you a butternut squash peeling / cutting pro in no time! The key lies in using the right tools.
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