I remember the first time I wanted to prepare butternut squash. I stood looking at that oddly shaped thing on my counter and wondered how in the world I was going to get to the good stuff inside.
I don’t remember exactly how I ended up cutting it that time, but through trial and error I have learned an easy method that works well for me.
Here’s what you do:
You need a cutting board and a good,large, sharp knife.
Rinse off the squash.
Place on a cutting board and chop off both ends.
Then, using a vegetable peeler, peel off the skin.
Yes, the skin is tough, but once you get it going, it is pretty easy to peel. You do need to apply some pressure as you swipe the peeler across the squash- more than you would use to peel a potato!
Once it is peeled, slice the entire squash in two- length wise. I find this to be the hardest part. (Sometimes it takes me a couple whacks onto the cutting board to get the knife through.)
Scoop out the seeds. I like to use a grapefruit spoon because it has a serrated end, and that is helpful.
Now place the squash open side down, and slice into strips.
Slice the strips into chunks.
Now you can enjoy these fresh chunks of butternut squash in your favorite dishes.
Here’s one I like a lot: