I love winter squash! They’re delicious and healthy and such great comfort food during the colder months. The only problem is that they can be so hard to cut! Read on to learn how to easily cut a winter squash!
Once you know how easy it can be to cut a winter squash, I promise you’ll find yourself eating them all the time. I have a really great, healthy way to cook them that I’m going to be sharing with you in a few days too, so definitely be on the lookout for that! I used to hesitate to make winter squash as often as I wanted to because I felt like it was honestly a little dangerous to try to break my way into one with a big knife. Now that I know this little trick, I can easily have squash all the time without any concern! Vegetables should never seem like a threat. Words to live by. 🙂
So here’s how to easily cut into a squash!
How to Cut a Winter Squash
First, start with a clean winter squash. You’ll need a big, sharp knife, some plastic wrap, and a rubber mallet.
A sharp knife is really important for making this easy and for keeping your cutting procedures safe. If you aren’t really confident in the sharpness of your knife, you can read my tips for sharpening and caring for your kitchen knives in this post here. 🙂
Wrap your rubber mallet in plastic wrap.
Place your knife over the centre of your squash and cut into the top layer of the outer shell.
This is where things usually get tricky when you normally try to cut into a squash with just a knife.
Take your mallet and gently tap the back of your knife.
Keep tapping until you split the squash right down the middle.
If your squash is really big and you need to do the same thing on the other side to get all the way through, go ahead and flip it over and do that.
There you have it! A perfectly-split squash and not a single lost finger as far as the eye can see!
It’s such a simple idea and it seems so obvious that this is the best way to do it once you try it. I’m willing to bet though that, like me, most people have never thought of this and instead struggled with trying to use just a knife. With this method, I feel like I have so much more control.
Try this easy little trick out and let me know what you think!
How do you cut your winter squash?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.