Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Cutting Butternut Squash – Video Post

Posted by 9 years ago 76 Comments

I’ve been toying with the idea of a video post for some time and today I took the leap. No Laughing! ;~P

Use this technique to make Butternut Squash Fries!

Disclaimer: By watching this video you agree that I am NOT responsible for any injuries you might incur using my butternut squash cutting technique.
Not that I think you would, but nowadays you never know!


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    Sara

    January 27, 2008

    Great. Thanks for the tips. I just wish I had seen it before I did it the hard way. Oh well - live and learn!

    Dianne

    January 29, 2008

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    roni

    January 29, 2008

    Dianne, I think you are missing my entire weight loss web site... http://weightwatchen.com There are TONS of pictures there. And I have NO idea what this "soap" thing is that you are taking about.

    Zoey

    August 29, 2008

    Hi Roni, Thank you for the video, I am going to pick up a butternut squash this weekend and try the fries. You mentioned that you sometimes cut the pieces on Sunday and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. How long will they last in the refrigerator like that? Could you also freeze them? Thank you!

    roni

    September 2, 2008

    Zoey - They last at least a week. AS for freezing, I'm sure you can but like fruit it will probably lose it's texture a bit. But still good for soups and such, sure!

    nino

    October 3, 2008

    That was actually a lot of help. Thank you.

    Rachel

    January 30, 2009

    Hi Roni, I just stumbled across your website and love your vegetarian recipies - especially the ones that are quick and easy as I am a pretty lazy cook. Anyway, I really want to try these butternut squash fries but I can't get the video to load. Can you email it to me directly, or check the posting. It may just be my computer, but all of the other videos have been working fine. Thanks! Rachel

    Holly

    March 27, 2009

    Thank you! I started trying to cut a butternut squash and I was making a complete mess! Your tips helped. I'll have to try the fries sometime.

    Michele

    August 8, 2009

    How funny - I commented on this video back in Dec. 2007 but I just now made a butternut squash for the first time. Just wanted to say thanks as I had no idea how to cut it up but I remembered you had a video on your site about it. I made the fries and they were fantastic! I can't believe I haven't made them sooner!

    Kristine

    April 2, 2010

    Just wanted to let you know that folks are still watching this video. It's extremely helpful! :) Thank you for posting it. I never would have thought of cutting it that way, but it makes perfect sense! Butternut squash fries, here I come! lol :)

    LG

    October 14, 2010

    I agree 100% with Kristine, the last commenter...my fries are baking as we speak (so to speak).

    roni

    October 15, 2010

    Thanks LG and Kristine... I should probably record a new one. :)

    Ellie

    March 8, 2011

    These look so good, but I had the worst time cutting through the skin of the butternut squash. It was VERY hard (the flesh inside seemed fine, but the rind was almost rock like). Do you do something to help you along like leave them out to ripen or...I honestly don't know, but am wondering if there's a trick to it. Should I try baking the whole squash for a few minutes at high heat? I don't think it's my knives as they seem pretty sharp for everything else.

    roni

    March 8, 2011

    Did you watch my video? I just have a technique to make it a little easier but I always do it raw. It is a tough job! Cooking it slightly may work but I've never tried it.

    Ellie

    March 12, 2011

    Yep, I watched the video. It's just, I'm not kidding, I was worried I was going to break the knife in half it was that hard as I was struggling to cut it in half. I even had my father come in and try and he could barely get the blade to move into the flesh (and he's an ex-football player). Admittedly, it looked effortful in your video when you did it but it didn't look quite that bad so I was wondering if I had missed something or if there was some hint you could give me. I'll try cooking it a few minutes next time or maybe have the people at the grocery store see if they can cut in half in the back before I take it home.

    Mark

    June 19, 2013

    This is the same way I've been cutting them for quite a while. I just sort of figured out what would be the easiest way logically on my own. A few differences and additions though: 1) I cut the bulb before taking the seeds out; it makes this job easier. 2) I never peel this squash. What a waste of good nutrients and fiber to just throw the peel in the garbage, and it adds a nice texture to the chunks after steaming. 3) Then, to cook them, I always steam them, on the stove or the microwave, taking care not to overcook because they get mushy quickly. 4) Rather than tossing the seeds and pulp in the garbage, I usually eat them raw, while the squash is cooking. Very good, nutritious, and I suspect, the seeds are full of vitamin E, and nothing has been degraded or lost because of heating!

      roni

      June 20, 2013

      I eat the skin now too!! Never tried the seeds raw. Will do that next time. :)

    Mark

    June 19, 2013

    One thing I forgot to mention: I use a super-sharp ceramic knife to cut these, as well as other winter type squashes, rutabagas, and anything really hard. Makes it SO much easier!

    Brandi

    January 4, 2015

    I decided to brave the world of cooking with squash this winter and randomly remembered you posting this video forever ago. First butternut squash = SUCCESS!! thanks for your awesome tips!!