Alright, knowing how hard some squashes are to peel, I understand the expensive grocery store pre-peeling/cubing model working on the masses. Or at least I would if it were Acorn, but it’s not, it’s always Butternut Squash- Queen of the easy-peel, cuts like butter squash. If you spend more than 10 minutes prepping a butternut squash you’re doing it wrong, so wrong that I can’t figure out how you could possibly be doing it wrong. Or maybe I accidentally did it right, and have never shared it with the world.
How I peel a butternut squash with finesse:
- cut off the bottom of the squash with a big knife
- think about vectors, and look at the Monroe-esque curves of the butternut squash.
- The curve on the underside slant (the one from lower-hip to bum) is easily taken care of by running your knife parallel to the squash around the circle
- stand your squash on end, for the next curve switch your knife to perpendicular and slice the peel off in small cuts using a downward motion from about halfway up the squash (top-hip to mid-hip). Cut the bottom half off of the squash.
- Divide the top part curves into straight lines by chopping at the axis points. The rest should slice easily
- Take the bottom part turn it on it’s side and slice off 1″ off the top. Scoop out the guts (you could totally use this as a squash bowl now for cereal or whatever)
- slice the rest into 1″, stacking the slices and doing your cross cuts all at once.
- do the same with the top part, though I find just slicing your discs into quarters works great.