How to store butternut squash?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘How to store butternut squash’ with depth analysis of how we prepare it and which consequences are present inside it.

How to store butternut squash?

Whole butternut squash should be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place. Butternut squash (and other winter squashes) prefer temperatures between 50°F and 60°F, so a cool pantry or cellar would be ideal. Whole squash should not be stored in the refrigerator because the cold temperatures do not extend the shelf life and may affect the texture. Whole butternut squash can be stored properly for up to two months.

Which steps you should keep in mind when store butternut squash?

Maintain it at room temperature

If you aren’t going to use your butternut squash right away, keep it raw and whole (don’t peel it!) in a cool, dark place; on the counter also works. This method can keep it fresh for one to three months, so don’t worry about it spoiling if you stock up ahead of time.

Place it in the refrigerator

If you decide to store your butternut squash in the refrigerator, you have a few options:

  • Peel and cube the butternut squash before storing it uncooked in an airtight food storage container in the fridge for three to five days.
  • If meal prep is on your mind, roasting a batch of cubed butternut squash and storing it in the fridge is an easy way to always have a bit of butternut squash on hand—for grain bowls, pastas, you name it. 

Make It Stick (& Last) In the Fridge

You can also freeze your butternut squash for a taste of fall flavours during the summer (or any time, really). You can accomplish this in two ways:

  • Peel the butternut squash and cut it into one-inch cubes, then spread them out on a sheet pan (try not to let them touch) and freeze them all the way through. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight food storage container or zip-top bag and place them back in the freezer—this will keep them from sticking together.
  • It is best to puree cooked butternut squash before freezing it. Make the recipe below, let it cool, and then freeze it for three to six months (you can portion it out with an ice cube tray or an ice cream scooper). One thing to keep in mind: Thaw the butternut squash puree in the fridge before reheating it.

How to make butternut squash?


  • Olive oil 
  • Salt 
  • Heavy cream 
  • Butternut squash


  • Fill a medium, heavy saucepan or dutch oven halfway with butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper after adding the olive oil. 
  • Place the pan over medium high heat, covered. Lift the lid to stir occasionally, but you want the butternut squash to quickly sauté and steam in the oil. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the squash is very tender. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent the squash from burning.
  • Remove the squash from the heat and mash it with a potato masher to make a very soft mash with no large chunks. Bring the purée back to a medium heat. Pour in the cream and set aside until it begins to bubble. Then fold it in. As needed, add more salt or cream.

How to cut butternut squash storage?

  • If you’re only going to use a portion of a butternut squash or want to prepare it ahead of time, cut butternut squash can be stored in the refrigerator. Use within seven days after storing cut squash in an airtight container.
  • When it comes to using your butternut squash, the possibilities are endless. Learn how to cook butternut squash and you’ll be able to serve recipes like Roasted Brussels Sprout & Butternut Squash Salad and Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto on your table tonight.


Each type of squash has a different storage time. Butternut squash has a similar shelf life to pumpkins but a shorter shelf life than most other types of squash.

Before harvesting homegrown squash, make sure it is ripe. When the butternut squash is ready 

to pick, it will be a uniform orange colour.

Avoid cutting squash until you intend to cook or freeze it. That way, you can keep it for a longer period of time without taking up space in your refrigerator.

Squash with broken stems or blemishes will always be the last to ripen. Use them as soon as possible before they begin to deteriorate.


In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘How to store butternut squash’ with depth analysis of how we prepare it and which consequences are present inside it.


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