How to Tackle a Squash

Have you ever been intimidated to take home a huge, heavy, winter squash? Have you ever seriously hurt yourself trying to cut one open? Follow this fun tip from an old farmer friend, and you won’t be afraid to make the most dense squash yours (for those are the tastiest!). Instead of trying to saw open a 7 pound vegetable in your kitchen, put your heavy Hubbard, Red Kuri or other hard squash in a paper bag. Take it outside and toss the whole thing in the air so it falls on the ground. It will smash open in the bag, and you can scoop out the seeds. Save them to make pepitas if you like! With the rest of your squash, roast on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until it is soft enough to poke easily with a fork. Eat it plain, drizzle with oil or honey, spice it up with cinnamon, garlic, cumin or cayenne– the possibilities are truly endless. Chock full of nutrients and tasty to boot, what more could you want on a chilly fall day?

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