Butternut Squash: Keep the Fibers Out for Baby

These humble and oftentimes ugly fruits (botanically speaking, winter squash are fruits but in culinary lingo, they are vegetables) can be difficult and a bit time consuming to cook and prepare. The easiest method for preparing winter squash is to roast it in the oven. Roasting will save you oodles of time and you won’t have to peel a hard and stubborn shell.

To Roast a Winter Squash

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2: Cut the squash in half Scoop out the seeds.

Step 3: Add an inch or 2 of water to your baking dish Place the squash (face up or down, your choice) in the baking dish.

Step 4: Add a pat of butter and shake on some herbs and/or spices if desired.


Step 5: Slide into the oven it goes Roast for 40-50 minutes until the shell begins to pucker and the color changes to a deeper orange.

Smooth Tip:

In the images above and in the roasted squash image below, you can see a slight line of delineation where the shell or rind ends and the real meat/flesh begins. On occasion, you may find that your prepared squash contains little hard strings or odd fibers. If you have scraped the meat too close to the shell, these strings and fibers may end up in your otherwise perfect squash dish. To limit and defeat these invaders, try not to get too close to the shell when scooping out the meat.


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