How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash

Follow these steps to peel and cut this squash with confidence.

a butternut squash cut in half
Randy Mayor

Peel and Cut with Confidence

Shaped like a bowling pin―long, cylindrical, and bulbous at the base―this winter vegetable is a cold-weather staple. Its bright orange flesh has a slightly sweet nuttiness that's similar to a sweet potato, and a texture that is even silkier. But to reach it, you must first remove the squash's thick, shiny skin. Cooking Light Test Kitchens Professional Mary Drennen finds that a sturdy serrated peeler works better than a paring knife. Follow her steps to peel and cut this squash with confidence.

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