Not all squash are created equal but three stand out for me for their great ability to be stored. Each year I grow an abundance of squash. They are relatively easy to grow if you can get through the bug pressures.But some squash have a shorter shelf life than others. Yellow squash for most, is preferred fresh. They can have a bit of a shelf life in the fridge unwashed, but the fresher they are the happier my customers are.
But these 3 powerhouse squash can be picked and last for a lot longer, allowing you to stock your pantry with healthy home grown options.
You can on occasion get an edible pumpkin variety that stores well too. We have had good luck with Long Island Cheese pumpkins.
Good to know.
For storing, you should cure your squash (this encourages the moisture to dissipate). This just means letting it sit for 10 -
Keep the stem on for storage.
Butternut squash actually tastes better after storing (curing) for 2 months. This is because as the moisture leaves the squash, the sugars within it, intensify.
Spaghetti & Acorn squash flavour does not intensify and can be eaten right away after harvest.
I have always wiped the outside of my squash with a diluted bleach mixture. 2 tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water. It is not harmful and helps ensure any mold properties are killed off. Keep in mind you do not eat the outside of your squash. And I never seem to lose a squash to mold.
When you store squash how long do they last?
Spaghetti Squash Recommended (3 months) tested by myself (6 months)
Acorn Squash Recommended (3 Months)
Butternut Squash Recommended and tested by myself (6 months)
Make sure to store them in a cool dark place inside your home. Move them periodically to check for the development of soft spots and to ideally shift their pressure points.
Also, very important, before eating your squash take a small taste test to ensure it is not bitter. NEVER eat bitter squash. Keep reading to learn more about toxic squash.
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