Quick Tip: How to Cut and Prep Winter Squash

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Hard-skinned winter squash can seem intimidating to cook at home, but eco-friendly cookbook author and chef Louisa Shafia shows that it’s actually a breeze as she demonstrates the basics of opening, cleaning and roasting winter squash.

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Today, I'm showing you how to prep and cook Winter squash. The first thing you want to do with a squash is cut it open. Now i pre-cut into this squash a little bit because it takes a good amount of effort. Okay, here is my squash cut open. You can see it's got this beautiful orange color and it's full of these big thick seeds. Now I don't want to eat these so I'm just going to scrape these out with a spoon. This is pretty easy. Okay, so now I have my squash free and clear of the seeds. All I'm going to do here is coat it with a little bit of olive oil and some salt. I'm really going to get in here, rub that oil in, rub it around the back. I'm going to let it cook, flesh side down so that it doesn't burn. If anything gets kind of over toasted, it will be the skin. I'm going to let this roast for about 45 minutes. When that's done, I'm going to scoop the flesh away from the skin. I'm Louisa Shafia. I'll see you next time on eHow.com.

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