How to cook a squash
Squash may be steamed, baked, microwaved, boiled, or even slow cooked. Consider the following tips:
Steaming is generally the preferred cooking method because the squash keeps all of its flavour. Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes.
Squash preserves all its nutritional value when baked at 180˚C (350˚F) unpeeled and cut in half with the seeds removed and a little oil added to the cavity. This method is ideal for spaghetti squash. Cooking time: 40 to 60 minutes*
When microwaving squash, simply cut it in half, remove the seeds, and cover with plastic wrap. Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes.
Boiling in water or other liquids produces less desirable results, because the squash’s flavour seeps out and it can becomes very watery. However, this is a great way to prepare soup, because the liquid is used. Cooking time: 10 to 15 minutes.
Cooking squash in a slow cooker is perfect for making mashed squash. Just place the whole squash in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours at a low setting. Since the squash must be able to fit in the slow cooker, its shape and size will determine whether or not this cooking method is possible. Cooking time: 8 hours
Did you know that squash seeds can be roasted and served as a nutritious snack? Eat them soon after roasting because they're 100% natural and contain no preservatives. Wash the squash seeds under running water to remove the flesh attached to them. Dry them with paper towel or a dish towel. Season them to taste: use salt, tamari, curry powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, cumin, etc. Bake in a 180°C (350°F) oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Suggested cooking times are average times and may vary depending on the size of your squash.