Before you begin, make sure your knife is sharp. As you may feel, the outside of a butternut squash is quite hard and may seem impenetrable. With a decently sharpened knife, it will cut with ease. You will also want to be sure to use a cutting board to ensure the squash does not slip while cutting and to avoid damage to countertops.
You will also need a vegetable peeler.
How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash1. Wash the squash and dry completely. You want to ensure it is completely dry to void the knife slipping while cutting.
2. Cut about 1/2 inch off of each end of the squash. Discard trimmings.
3. Next, using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off of the squash. If your peeler proves to be more trouble than what its worth, use your knife. Try to leave as much of the meat as possible, though. Think of it like you are peeling a giant potato. Whether you are using a knife or a peeler, be careful!
4. As you remove the skin, a beautiful orange flesh will be revealed. Once you have removed all of the skin, you are free to cut the squash into cubes, slices, or even leave it whole. it all depends on the recipe.
5. As you cut further down the squash to the rounded part called the bulb, you will encounter seeds. Just scoop them out and either discard or keep. Some people like to < ahref="http://mideastfood.about.com/od/appetizerssnacks/r/squash_seeds.htm">roast the seeds like pumpkin seeds. Continue to slice and cube.
6. Finally, you are finished! See how easy it was? Need some inspiration about how to cook your squash? Try these delicious recipes: