Butternut squash is a winter squash, which means that it is harvested when cool weather sets in. Because the skin of winter squash is so thick, the squash will keep for several months if it is stored in a cool environment. Butternut squash is a pear-shaped squash with cream-colored skin and orange flesh. Steaming is one of the best ways to bring out the butternut's sweet, nutty flavor.
Wash the butternut squash under running water, and cut off the stem end. Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler. If your vegetable peeler isn't sharp, use a paring knife.
Cut the butternut squash in half length-wise with a large, sharp knife. Remove the seeds and pulp with a large spoon.
Cut the peeled butternut squash into 1-inch cubes and put the cubes in a vegetable steamer. Steam the squash until it is tender when you poke it with a fork. This will take approximately six to eight minutes.
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Drain the water from the steamed butternut squash. Put the squash in a serving bowl and serve it in cubes, or mash it lightly with a fork. Serve the butternut squash with butter, salt and pepper, maple syrup or the topping of your choice.
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.