Saving the Squash

In my last box there was a large chunk of what had been a HUGE Pink Banana squash.  My farmer’s notes say some of them were over 50 lbs and he had one at his house that weighed in at 70 lbs!

pink banana squashI hadn’t decided how I wanted to use it yet, and it was stored next to the butternut squash. After about 4-5 days, my husband noticed it had soft spots forming on the exterior, and some “decay” on the cut edges.

In true CSA panic (can’t let anything go to waste), I chopped half of it into 3/4 inch cubes and froze them uncooked for future use.

The remaining pieces, I roasted, but not so much it had to be purée.  I left the oven at 375° and roasted face down on a foil lined baking sheet for about 40 minutes.  After I cut off the rinds, I thought, for fun, lets run it through the ricer.

For fun?

What is wrong with me? 

The ricer always makes a serious mess. (I am still occasionally finding bits of tomato splatter on the ceiling from when I decided it was a good idea to use the ricer for tomato sauce.

Ricer in action!

Ricer in action!

I do like the texture of squash or potatoes after passing through the ricer and I plan to use this with some potatoes one of these days to make gnocci.

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About 3.4 c of the riced squash found its way into a loaf of bread maker bread I used for stuffing and salad croutons.  The kids were thrilled because they thought it was white bread.  Finally, something normal!

I did confess tonight that I had slipped some squash in.  They told me it was a wasted subterfuge, since they have already decided they are okay with squash in bread products, a la pumpkin rolls.

Darn kids!  I can’t ever figure them out.  🙂

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About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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3 Responses to Saving the Squash

  1. I need to get a ricer. That’s twice today I’ve said it.
    Kids–the minute you think you have them figured out, they change.

    Thanks!

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