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How to Cut a Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a very popular, yet also slightly challenging gourd to cook with. Here we’ll show you how to safely break it down in a few easy steps.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cutting Board
  • Chefs Knife
  • Spoon
  • Vegetable Peeler



  1. Lop off the top and the bottom of the squash to create a flat surface.
  2. Peel one end of the squash in long strips going away from yourself, then flip it and peel the other end.
  3. Cut off the round end of the squash and scoop out the seeds. 
  4. Take the long, neck of the squash, set it on its flat surface, and cut it into planks.
  5. Stack two planks at a time and cut them into sticks, then turn the pile and cut the sticks into a dice. 
  6. Take the round end of the squash, set it on its flat surface and cut it into planks.
  7. Trim off any uneven edges and cut it into sticks, then rotate the pile and dice it into cubes.

Savannah Says...

  1. I just need squash puree.

    1. When the can won't cut it...

      No problem, you can skip the dicing & peeling. Just split the squash lengthwise down the middle & scrape out the seeds. Rub the cut surface with oil and salt and roast cut-side down in the oven until tender.

    1. Is butternut squash skin edible?

      1. Buffet sushi is, but we would never recommmend...

        Technically yes, although I would never recommend someone eating it. It’s highly unpleasant and I can’t imagine it would be easy to digest.

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