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Storing squash in winter
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sdg    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:07:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can anyone tell me how i might store the squash from my garden come winter? I lived in WNY if that helps. Also pototoes and onions. I figured those could go in the basement. But am at a loss on how to store squash. Thanks :P

Wisereader    Posted 08-27-2004 at 07:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi sdg.

As a fellow WNY'er, here's how we store our acorn and butternut squash: place it in a basket in the basement. That's it. Anywhere cool and dry (and no direct sunlight). We ate squash all winter last year, but what was said by others is true - keep an eye on them. As soon as one gets mold or mildew, get it away from the others.


Hope you found a way to enjoy our non-summer this year!

Les    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would just keep them in a not-too-cool place, nice and dry. Wouldn't hurt to cover them up with an old blanket or something.
Keep and eye on them. When one starts to get a bad spot (mould, rot) that's the time to eat it!

Steve from TN    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's what my ole lady told me. Cut it into slices and put it into water on the stove. Just before boiling, take it up and drain it. Run cool water over it to remove "hotness", put it into freezer bags and shove it into the freezer. She says it's simple. I says nothing is simple.

sdg    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:38:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Won't it lose texture being froze? I wasn't sure you could freeze squash. Have you tryed it?

Les    Posted 08-27-2004 at 04:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
What kind of winter squash are you talking about? If it's something like Blue Hubbard, that doesn't have much texture to it anyway. Never cared much for it...all watery.
If it's buttercup (my favorite), I suppose it might lose some of its nice dryness being frozen. Butternut is good, too.

sdg    Posted 08-27-2004 at 05:43:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a few kinds...Acorn, Field's best(henery feild's best varity) and butternut. Maybe i'll try it. Thanks Les

Les    Posted 08-27-2004 at 05:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, yer acorn ain't something you want to freeze, for sure.

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