There are probably as many good ways to peel a butternut squash as there are people peeling butternut squash, but in case it seems like a daunting task to peel and process the butternut squash in your delivery, here is my favourite strategy!

You need a cutting board and a (preferably large) sharp knife.

You need a cutting board and a (preferably large) sharp knife.

 

Laying the squash down, cut off the top and the bottom so you get 2 flat surfaces.

Laying the squash down, cut off the top and the bottom so you get 2 flat surfaces so it can stand up.

 

Cut the squash in half again. This makes it easier to run the knife down the sides to peel it, as it tends to curve quite a bit in the middle.

Cut the squash in half again. This makes it easier to run the knife down the sides to peel it, as it tends to curve quite a bit in the middle.

 

Making sure to always hold your hands above and away from the blade, start cutting down the sides of the squash, working your way around.

Making sure to always hold your hands above and away from the blade, start cutting down the sides of the squash, working your way around.

 

Continue all the way around, then do the same with the other half.

Continue all the way around, then do the same with the other half.

 

Cut the bottom half in half from top to bottom to expose the seeds.

Cut the bottom half in half from top to bottom to expose the seeds.

 

Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Then go ahead and prepare according to the recipe!

Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Then go ahead and prepare according to the recipe!

 

If you have half a squash to work with, it

If you have half a squash to work with, it’s even more important to cut it in half before proceeding, to make it more stable and safer for your fingers.