Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How to Cook, Cut and Freeze a Butternut Squash

My youngest son has never been a fan of baby food. I'm guessing it was the consistency because he would inhale any "real" cubed food I put in front of him. I found some all natural butternut squash cubes in the freezer section of a health food store over the summer and even though $3 a bag isn't horrible, it's not that great either! I was so excited when fall turned the corner because I could grab a whole butternut squash for only $1.67 at the Farmer's Market and just cube and freeze it myself! Here's how I did it:

1) Cut your butternut squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out seeds and place meat side down in a baking dish filled with about 1/2 inch of water. Bake on 400  for 45 min to an hour or until just soft.

2) Allow to cool, peel away skins and dice into cubes.

3) Lay the cubes on a baking or cookie pan and place in the freezer for about an hour or two. If you have a small freezer you will have to do this in batches.

4) Remove from pan, put into freezer bags and voila - your own cubed squash! Ready for you anytime you need it :)

Wondering what to do with Butternut squash cubes? Steam as is, throw them into soups, stews or even your family's favorite spaghetti sauce! They are packed with nutrients that are great for you and your family


ClaraS said...

When peeling away the skins, do you just use a vegetable peeler or does it take something stronger to cut with?

Cgrwmn said...

Thank you! I love butternut squash, and this is a GREAT way to extend the seasons it is available.

Cgrwmn said...

Hi, Emily Kate!

I imagine it would be soft enough to mash. There are also little mesh bags with holder rings available. They look like plastic and fabric mesh popsicles. That would be another way of serving it to your baby that would also feed your baby's feeling of accomplishment because depending on the age, baby can feed him/herself. They also work great with mellon squares and other fruits.

Stephanie (MomKaboodle) said...

 I do the baking part the same way, but then I puree it and freeze it in ice cube trays.  Then I can thrown it in to spaghetti sauce, soups, etc., and the kids usually are none the wiser.  ;)