Best Way to Store Squash

Fresh Whole Squash

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Stored in a cool dry spot, such as a pantry without heat or a low drawer in your kitchen, **whole winter squash stay fresh for 1 to 2 months**, with no wrapping necessary. In fact, refrigerating winter squash changes the texture and flavor of these squash for the worse. On the other hand, **summer squash need refrigeration** as soon as you get them home from the store; these squash stay fresh, wrapped in plastic, for about 4 to 5 days.

Fresh Cut Squash

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Whether you buy them already cut or you cut them after you get home, refrigerate cut, raw squash of all types to keep them fresh. The cold temperatures in your fridge slow down the effects of air, which suck moisture from the vegetables; and slow down the growth of bacteria. Wrapped in plastic, **winter squash stay fresh for 2 to 4 days and summer squash for 2 to 3 days**.

Cooked Squash

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**Once cooked, winter and summer squash stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days** whether you cook them whole or have pieces left over from dinner. Refrigerate the squash after cooking, well wrapped in plastic, letting whole squash cool slightly. Place these still warm squash in the coldest section of the fridge, on the bottom shelf, so they will cool quickly, and use the cooked leftovers in salads, soups, omelets or casseroles.

Freezing Squash

Step 1

Cooked or raw, summer or winter varieties, whole or in pieces, **squash keep in the freezer for 10 to 12 months**. Casseroles with squash keep for the same time as well. Raw squash pieces retain more flavor and texture if you prepare them carefully by blanching them before freezing. Cook these pieces in boiling water for about 3 minutes, then plunge them into a bowl you've filled with ice cubes and water to stop the cooking. Pat the pieces dry, then wrap tightly in a freezer bag or double wrapped in plastic and foil.
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