How to Select Butternut Squash
Look for a smooth skin, free of bruises or cuts which could lead to early decay. Pick them up and choose one that feels heavy for its size. The stems should be attached and dry. A pale spot where the squash rested on the ground in the field is fine, but it shouldn’t be green, which would indicate it was harvested too soon.
How to Store Butternut Squash
Although you can store this squash in your fridge, it is not necessary. It can be stored in a cold room (approx. 10-13°C) for up to two months before consuming. Moisture can cause bacterial growth so it’s important to keep the butternut squash dry with sufficient space for air circulation around it. Sometimes tree fruit such as pears and apples can release ethylene gasses which shorten the shelf-life of your squash, so store them separately.
How to Freeze Butternut Squash
Peel the squash and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop the orange flesh into bite-size chunks and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the squash is frozen. Transfer to a labelled freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
You can also steam, bake or microwave butternut squash first before freezing, and the purée can be kept in freezer bags or containers as well.
Butternut squash is a favourite baby food for its smooth texture and sweet flavour. Plain cooked and puréed squash can be frozen in ice cube trays to be reheated in small portions as needed. Try it combined with puréed apple, pear, carrot, sweet potato, chicken or beef.