How to Prep Acorn Squash

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Acorn squash, also known as Danish squash, requires cooking before you can eat it, and these easy steps will help you cut, prep and steam acorn squash. View the entire process in this free video with tips from a cookbook author.

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Hi, I'm Devra Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet. And today, I'm going to show you how to prep an acorn squash. This is an acorn squash. It's also known as a Danish squash. It's a variety of winter squash. All winter squash have to be cooked before you eat them. So, because it is a hard-shelled winter squash, it can be a little hard to cut. So, I like to use a big knife. So, I use the point of the big knife and just kind of stick it in there. And then, work it around. And sometimes these are harder then others. You may have to pull out the knife and put it in the other side and work it around from the other side. And you cut it until you can split it open, like this. And then you take out the seeds with a spoon. Okay, when you are choosing winter squash or acorn squash, you want to choose squash that are heavy relative to their size. So, you pick up two, and they are about the same size, then you want to choose the heavier one. It's going to be just a better tasting squash. So, once you've prepped your acorn squash, you can cook it. You can put it in a steamer. If you have a small steamer, you want to cut it up into smaller pieces. You can also roast it in the oven. So you want to put it in a shallow pan with just about half an inch of water, and that will create some moisture and make it that much softer when it's cooked. So we cook it at about 375 for about 45 minutes until it's softened enough for you to stick a fork and take it out, and it feels like kind of like butter. So, that is how you prep an acorn squash.

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