See how to properly cut butternut squash in this tutorial on How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash the safe way!

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How to Cut Butternut Squash

I love making butternut squash recipes during the fall; butternut squash soup and roasted butternut squash to name a few. But I have to admit; butternut squash is not exactly my favorite thing to cut, peel and chop.

I mean, I really, really hate it. It’s hard to cut, I usually end up with blisters after muscling my way through it, plus it’s a little scary. That is until I made this simple switch! Read on for my tutorial on How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash!

Cut butternut squash with a chef\'s knife

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How to Peel and Cut Butternut Squash

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  1. Cut off the stem.
  2. Cut off the root end.
  3. Cut the squash in half where the neck meets the thicker base. To easily do this, slice the knife forward and then wedge it into the squash. While holding the base of the squash, rotate it while slicing through.
  4. Peel the squash by using a paring knife or vegetable peeler.
  5. Cut the base in half to expose the seeds and stringy pulp.
  6. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and pulp.
  7. Cut the squash into 1-inch wide strips then into 1-inch chunks.

cut pieces of butternut squash alongside a butternut squash

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  1. We eat a lot of winter squashes and it can be intimidating to cut them. A sharp knife makes cutting them into manageable chunks a lot less scary 🙂

  2. Stacey Roberson says:

    My favorite Fall recipe is homemade apple pie or cobbler.

  3. My favorite fall recipe is Pumpkin Pie!

  4. Stacy Giacosa-Bauer says:

    My favorite fall recipes are my homemade chicken and dumplings and pumpkin nut bread!

  5. Mirna Daniela Cirillo says:

    I love is Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie!

  6. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    My kids just love when I make homemade apple sauce in the fall and pumpkin pie.

  7. I love sweet potato casserole!

  8. Sarah Cool says:

    My favorite fall recipe is potato soup yum!

  9. Auntiepatch says:

    Squash – any way, I just love it!

  10. shelly peterson says:

    I like my Hockey Soup recipe.

  11. Teri Giese says:

    My absolute fave is a super simple apple crisp.We don’t like the rolled oats in the crumble, and I always double the crisp. To die for. Must say I just made a pumpkin sheet cake/bars.Doubled the cream cheese frosting and WHOO! A close second for sure. Major “fat pills”,but so good. Balance is key, amI right?

  12. Erica Best says:

    i love candies yams

  13. Sonya Morris says:

    I love fresh pumpkin pies in the fall.

  14. Joan Kubes says:

    My favorite fall recipe is baked ham with scalloped potatoes.

  15. Carisa Smith says:

    Ha ha! I totally asked my husband how to do this last week! I could have used this post to help me for sure!

  16. I would have to say that it is caramel apple pork chops

  17. My favorite fall recipe is vegetarian chili. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Birdiebee says:

    I love Butternut Squash Soup.

  19. Brenda Haines says:

    My favorite that comes to mind is cranberry orange pork shoulder. Thanks!