How to Freeze Butternut Squash 3 Ways

how to freeze butternut squash
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Freezing is a great way to ensure you always have your favorite foods nearby when you crave them. Check out how to freeze butternut squash to enjoy this fall favorite year-round.

Butternut squash is an excellent addition to many recipes, but it can be tough to find out of season. Instead, learn to freeze it in advance so you can use it all year round. Read on to learn how to freeze this classic autumnal food in three easy ways.

Freeze It Raw

You can freeze raw butternut squash using this simple method.
You can freeze raw butternut squash using this simple method. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / webdesignnewcastle)

Follow this method to freeze raw butternut squash and save it for later.

You’ll need:

  • Butternut squash
  • Cutting board
  • Knife or peeler
  • Cookie trays that fit inside the freezer
  • Freezer safe containers

Method:

  1. Cut the butternut squash in half and remove seeds and innards.
  2. Use a peeler or remove the skin with your knife as you cut the squash into cubes.
  3. Place the cubes in a single layer onto the cookie sheets and place them into the freezer.
  4. Keep them inside the freezer until they are frozen all the way through, about 30 minutes. This is known as a flash freeze.
  5. Once completely frozen, place the squash into the freezer-safe containers and put it back into the freezer. You can freeze squash for up to one year in the freezer. Pop them directly into your recipes from the freezer, no thawing necessary.

Freeze Butternut Squash Purée

Follow this method to freeze squash you’ve already cooked.

You’ll need:

  • Cooked butternut squash
  • Food processor or masher
  • Spoon
  • Freezer safe containers

Method:

  1. If you have already cooked your butternut squash and want to freeze it, pop the pieces into a food processor, or use a masher to purée the squash.
  2. Once puréed, divide the purée into your freezer-safe containers and place in the freezer until completely frozen, about 30 minutes.
  3. Frozen butternut squash purée can be frozen for up to 3 months and must be adequately thawed before adding to recipes.

Freezing Cooked Butternut Squash

Freeze your favourite foods to enjoy them year-round.
Freeze your favourite foods to enjoy them year-round. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / catherineford)

If you have already cooked your squash and have it in cubes, follow this method. It’s similar to freezing raw butternut squash.

You’ll need:

  • Cubed butternut squash
  • Cookie trays that fit inside the freezer
  • Freezer safe containers

Method:

  1. Place the cubes in a single layer onto the cookie sheets and place them into the freezer.
  2. Keep them inside the freezer until they are frozen all the way through, about 30 minutes.
  3. Once completely frozen, place the squash into the freezer-safe containers and put it back into the freezer. You can freeze cooked squashn for up to three months in the freezer. Thaw the squash before you cook with them.

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