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Old 09-29-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Winter Squash Varieties and Preparations

They're selling a mix of winter squashes at the grocery store out front like they do with pumpkins and I'm thinking I'd rather eat them than use them for decoration! Is $0.69/lb cheap for winter squash?? If that's a good deal, it might be worth buying one of the gigantic Hubbards they've got. What do y'all think?

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Old 09-29-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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I'd buy 6 to 12 if they were butternut squash. Unblemished butternut keeps pretty well for the better part of 5 months if stored in a dry 50 to 60*F environment. They have a buttery sweet flavor if cooked with some honey and butter. Up here we buy then in October and eat them from Thanksgiving through March.
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Butternut Squash soup is absolutely incredible! However last week I made soup with an unknown squash and it was also unbelievably good so I would definitely buy some! There are so many amazing recipes out there for all kinds of squash!
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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In this area they are running $1.29 per pound in the stores and $1.00 each for Butternut at the farmers market.

If you buy a Blue Hubbard make sure you have a sharp ax to cut it up!

When we were kids we used to drop them out the second floor window of our house to crack them.

They are tasty and they freeze well but the smaller Acorn and Butternuts are much easier for me to deal with.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:23 PM   #5
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If they are outside by the decorative gourds, make sure they aren't coated or varnished ...
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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I like roasted Delicata squash, it's usually in the mix. I get the 2 pound ones, they are perfect for a meal. 69 cents/pound is a good price.
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:09 AM   #7
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Winter squash is usually a good deal, period. Very nutritious, keep a long time, and make a very creamy, yummy soup (don't forget to buy some sherry! Makes the soup more expensive, but makes for a downright elegant one!). The reason they're called winter squash is because they can last all winter in a root cellar. Summer squash has a much shorter shelf life. But I prefer to make mine into soup and freeze it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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Awesome, well I guess I'll pick a couple up while they're still there. I have found some acorns in the past to be a little stringy for some reason, maybe it was a bad variety or I didn't cook it right. I definitely like the smooth texture of butternut, but they didn't have any. Thanks
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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Winter squash is great sliced and fried, in curry, or in chicken soup!
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