Storing Winter Squash

September 29, 2009, Posted by Carmen Lopez Marshall at 9:19 am | No Comments

For long-term squash storage, choose a well-ventilated, cool place such as an open basement area, which has a consistent temperature of around 50 degrees.
At temperatures above 60 degrees, moisture loss and stringy flesh occurs. Try to avoid sites with fluctuate temperatures and outdoor pits and cellars, which have high humidity, low temperatures and poor air movement.

Certain types of winter squash, such as hubbards and butternut squash, often keep into early spring when given ideal conditions and good pre-storage handling.

Remember that stored winter squash provides a source of valuable nutrition through the winter months. It is delicious baked alone or in breads, and as a key ingredient for soups and other dishes.

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