Although their called "winter" squashes, you’ll be hard-pressed not to see those oblong beauties overflowing in farmer’s market booths and piling high in grocery store produce bins in early autumn. Butternut squash, in particular, is one of the sweeter, more versatile varieties, and its culinary uses seem as endless as their storage life (which is up to six months if stored in the right conditions, by the way!). It's similar enough to potatoes that they make excellent hash, oven-fries and mashes, and it's also delightful roasted and in soups, both rustic and smooth. Because of their size an awkward shape, preparing your butternut squash can be a bit intimidating, but rest assured that with the right technique, peeling, seeding and chopping them is easier than you think! Pro-tip: don't toss the seeds! Clean 'em, toss with your favorite spices, and bake until crispy for a yummy snack!
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