Can you bake a butternut squash whole

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you bake a butternut squash whole?” We will also discuss What are the essential nutrients of butternut squash, how to choose a good one, and how to bake a whole butternut squash and store the leftovers.

Can you bake a butternut squash whole?

Yes, you can bake a butternut squash whole and save yourself effort and time to peel it’s hard skin or cut it off into cubes. 

Besides baking, butternut squash is incredibly versatile. Yes, you read that right.

It can be either served as a side or tossed in and among all your favorite fall recipes whether it is a sweet pie or a savory stew and therefore into your daily meal plans.  

Baking a delicious whole butternut squash has never been so easy and fast. After reading this article and all the tips we are going to share with you, I ensure that you will rush to the closest grocery to buy it and bake it for your family to benefit from this incredible vegetable.

What are the essential nutrients of butternut squash?

 Butternut squash is a must-have winter vegetable and a good substitute for pumpkin in taste and texture, they are easy to plant in your very own backyard and easy to find at your grocery store.

Butternut squash is also known as butternut pumpkin in some countries such as  Australia and New Zealand. It is a highly nourishing vegetable that you can enter into your healthy lifestyle. It is known to be a rich source of the following nutritional elements:

  •  Fiber
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Potassium
  •  Magnesium

What are the tips for choosing a good butternut squash?

We all go to the grocery and find ourselves in front of a large number of butternut squash and we get confused about which one is the right one to pick so that we either choose a bad squash or change our minds about buying one

That is why in this section we will help you to make the right choice and give some essential tips about butternut squash pick up, so all you have to do is read carefully till the end.

 Picking the right squash can be easier than you imagine but all your senses must be used in the picking up process, here is what you have to do:

  • Use your eyes to choose a clean butternut squash with a nice beige-ish color that has a hardcover and no bruises, cuts, deep scratches, or soft spots
  • Tap on the outer cover of the butternut squash and wait to hear a  hollow sound similar to that of knocking at a door
  • Pick one squash using your hands and try to compare its weight with a few other available butternut squashes and choose the heaviest according to the small or large size that works for you, in other words, it must be both heavy and solid
  • Try not to pick a squash whose stem has fallen off because this is an indication the squash is not new and fresh

What is the best method to bake a whole butternut Squash?

Here is an easy super healthy method or technique that you can follow to bake butternut squash and fill your house with their fabulous smell.

  •  Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C)
  • Wash the outside of your butternut squash to remove dirt and debris, then dry with a clean towel
  • Prick your whole squash at different spots using a sharp knife so that the steam can escape
  • Place the whole squash on an ungreased baking sheet 
  • Bake in the oven for about 60-90 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a knife or fork
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes
  • Peel off the skin, cut in half lengthwise then scoop out the strings and  seeds
  •  Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice
  • Serve your baked butternut squash as desired
  • Bon Appetit

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How can you store the baked butternut squash leftovers?

To store the remaining baked butternut squash that you didn’t use or leftovers, you simply have to:

  •  Peel the baked butternut squash if needed then separate the pulp from the skin and scoop the seeds away before cutting it into cubes.
  • Cooldown the baked squash to room temperature
  • Put the leftovers either in a Tupperware, Ziplock bag or in an air-tight container 
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you bake a butternut squash whole?” We have also discussed What are the essential nutrients of butternut squash, how to choose a good one, and how to bake a whole butternut squash and store the leftovers.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://theforkedspoon.com/how-to-roast-a-butternut-squash/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.