Eating a winter squash is like eating a whole season’s worth of sunshine, stored up in one neat sweet bundle.
Let us know how much you want, and we will deliver them with your final CSA share next week!
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Tetsukabuto – $5
Tetsukabuto are amazing storage squash. lasting for months in a cool dark place. In fact, you should wait at least 6 weeks before eating these – the flavor will be concentrated in the flesh, if you wait. Tetsukabuto squash has a relatively low moisture content and when cooked retains a firm texture with a pleasant starchy quality. The flesh is not quite as sweet as a butternut, but when roasted, its earthy flavor develops rich notes of hazelnut and browned butter.
Will store for 4-6 months, if you can wait that long! Here’s a good overview, or you can search for a recipe that looks yummy …
Butternut – $4
If you don’t need to use your butternut squash right away, you’ll want store it raw and whole (don’t peel it!) in a cool, dark place; on the counter works, too. It can last for one to three months this way, so don’t worry about it going bad if you decide to stock up way ahead of time.
Sweet, moist and nutty tasting, the flavor of butternut squash is a bit like sweet potatoes—or, some say, butterscotch. Because it’s so dense, you get more servings per fruit than you might with other squash varieties. The rind is edible (once cooked), but it’s more commonly peeled away.
Shokichi Shiro Squash – $3
Mini kabocha squash, perfect for personal single servings, with flaky, delicious sweet orange flesh. Ready to eat now, or later – will store for up to 4 months.
Jester Squash- $3
Jesters are firm-fleshed with a nutty flavor, ideal for stuffing and roasting. These are Delicata crossed with Acorn, essentially; you can use with any recipe that calls for either.
General Squash Storage Info
Squash store best at an even 50°F in a dark place. This could be a cool and dark shelf, cabinet, or drawer in the kitchen, pantry, or closet. They also store well in a warmer section of the root cellar such as on the top shelf.
How to Pack Them
Squash are better off not touching each other or any hard surfaces. Wrapping them individually in cloth or paper is helpful but also makes checking on them more difficult. Butternut and acorn varieties seem to store the longest.
While in Storage
Check and cull them often to make sure the squash are not developing soft spots. Turning them can keep them from bruising. Remove damaged fruit and use them up soon.