How to Cook Squash/PumpkinsThe 200 Acres

How to Cook Squash/Pumpkins
October 13, 2008

Wash and scrub the outside of the squash or pumpkin. Remove the stem. Cut in half and remove the seeds and fiber. Pumpkins or squash can be baked in an oven or microwaved either with skins on or peeled. Other methosds include cubes or slices that have been boiled, steamed or sauteed.

In the microwave

Wash the squash and place in the microwave. Cook on high 1½ minutes to soften and ease cutting. Cut squash in half and remove seeds and fiber. Put 1 tsp. butter and 1 tsp. brown sugar in each half. cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Microwave two halves on high for 6-10 minutes or until tender.

In the oven

Wash and cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and fiber. Bake upside down in 400 degree oven until tender (length varies according to size of squash). Fill it with your favorites and return to the oven for 15 minutes more.

Baked squash – plain and simple

Cut raw squash in 2″ squares. Place in greased casserole dish. Put a dab of butter on each piece. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on brown sugar. Put in ½ inch of water in pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until squash is tender. Check oven occasionally to see if more water is needed to prevent sticking.

Spaghetti Squash

Cut squash in half, remove seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until skin is tender. Remove strands with a fork. Toss lightly with salt, pepper and butter. Season with parmesan or Italian seasoning, or serve hot with spaghetti sauce for a delicious lo-cal spaghetti dinner.

Steamed Squash

Cut in slices ½ to ¾ inch thick. Peel and remove seeds. Put slices in a steamer. Steam 10 minutes for thin slices, 15 minutes for thicker slices. Squash should be tender but still retain its shape. Steam large pieces for 30 minutes.

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