Breaking Down a Butternut Squash

Arthritis Kitchen Know-how – Breaking Down a Butternut Squash: I like cooking with butternut squash for its flavor and versatility as well as its anti-inflammatory  properties.

Breaking down the squash in preparation for cooking can be a challenge.  Cutting the squash into more manageable pieces makes it easier on your hands and does not require as much strength from when using the knife. I find the following method provides the most stability when working with squash and produces effective results with the least amount of effort.

  1. Use your largest, sharpest knife – do not use a serrated edge flexible knife for this job
  2. Cut the squash in half as if sawing a log in half.  Smaller pieces are easier to handle.
  3. Turn cut side down with the flat surface on the cutting board – root side up.
  4. Slice through the squash length wise across the root end.
  5. Using vegetable peeler, peel squash to remove thin top layer of skin.
  6. Dice or prepare as needed for recipe.
Here is the link to my Butternut Squash and Leek Recipe.

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Posted on November 29, 2009, in Recipes / Cooking, Tips for Cooking with Arthritis, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. There definately is something about butternut squash being helpful for arthritis. My pain and inflammation is much less today. Must eat it more often.

  2. To-day I made the butternut-squash-leek recipe. And I must say it was very delicious. I baked it along with some chicken breasts that were seasoned with fresh rosemary, thyme and garlic and olive oil. The aroma in the house was heavenly! One tip that I would like to pass along is to microwave the squash whole for a few minutes.
    That makes it much easier to peel and cut up. I like to slice it into rounds and then cut the peel off with a knife then chop it into cubes. Much easier on our hands this way.
    Thank you so much for the recipe using butternut squash and leeks!
    I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    • arthritiskitchen


      I’m glad you tried and enjoyed the butternut squash and leeks. What a great tip to microwave the squash to make it easier to work with.
      Thanks for posting that!

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