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Old 05-08-2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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Butternut squash question

I have a question about butternut squash. Sometimes after boiling and mashing it, it comes out thick and pasty , and other times it's light and juicy although I cook and prepare it the same way every time. This is a hit or miss thing and I prefer the airy and juicy outcome! Does anyone know why it comes out both ways? And what can I do so it doesnt come out pasty??

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Old 05-08-2006, 12:43 PM   #2
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I have a question about butternut squash. Sometimes after boiling and mashing it, it comes out thick and pasty , and other times it's light and juicy although I cook and prepare it the same way every time. This is a hit or miss thing and I prefer the airy and juicy outcome! Does anyone know why it comes out both ways? And what can I do so it doesnt come out pasty??
I either nuke it, broil it, or bake it. Boiling in water may have something to do with the consistancy.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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Well 9 times out of 10 its airy and juicy. Someone once told me it had to do with the ripeness. The jury is still out on that one since I grow it and the same batch can give different results. Thanks for the reply though!
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:17 PM   #4
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It is probably due to the moisture content of the squash. If a squash has been around for a while, it can lose some moisture, resulting in a dryer end product.

I tend to bake butternut squash whole then mash it with butter. Sometimes I also add roasted garlic and/or brown sugar.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:26 PM   #5
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Well 9 times out of 10 its airy and juicy. Someone once told me it had to do with the ripeness. The jury is still out on that one since I grow it and the same batch can give different results. Thanks for the reply though!
You're welcome akatia82, & welcome to DC.

Since you grow your own (lucky you), I can see where ripeness would have a factor in the end cooking result. Be sure the squash is ripe prior to any cooking method. If you'd like recipes, I have plenty, as I adore sqaush.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for the post. I have also cooked it other ways. I just prefer this way. It may have something to do with the water content. I have grown squash for 48 years and have cooked it from harvest season to 3 months later with the same results. Like I said, more times it comes out airy and juicy than not. Just curious as to the cause and if I can do anything different or watch for anything to do with the fresh squash before boiling it.
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:39 AM   #7
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Don't boil it--roast it and add liquid to get the consistency you want.
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:46 PM   #8
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Sorry but I prefer it boiled and mashed with salt and pepper and butter. I prefer it this way than roasted.
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