Squashes, how do they work?
September 13, 2013 6:12 AM Subscribe
There has got to be a better way to deal with winter squashes than the hacking/swearing/brute-force method I'm using right now. What is it?
posted by Kitty Stardust to food & drink (36 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
For Butternuts, Acorn squash and Spaghetti squash I am at a loss for simple way of processing that doesn't require me to have the strength of three Sasquatches. Right now what I do is hack at the ends with a meat cleaver, which is basically like chopping down a small tree, turn the squash on its now flattened end and use a big serrated blade to start sawing the veg down the middle. Once I've made a decent incursion (with the blade often sticking and having to be pulled out with some force), I go back to the meat cleaver to split the squash in two. This requires a scary amount of pressure, one I'm not really comfortable with where blades and my fingers are involved. There must be some simpler way to do this with less risk of maiming.
I should also add that this takes about an hour, even for pretty small squashes.
I have: a decent steel knife set of the never-needs-sharpening variety that contains one long serrated bread knife, one long knife for giant beasts or something I guess; one thicker "chef's" knife, a heavier meat cleaver, an electric knife with two blades--one thin one for meat and one thicker one for bread, I think; one ceramic knife of the larger "chef's" knife dimension. Am I going to need a chainsaw?