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How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash

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author image Katina Coleman
Katina Coleman is a research psychologist who has been writing since 2004. She has published and reviewed articles in various academic journals and consults on research projects related to health and education. Her research interests center on patient-doctor communication and cancer health disparities. Coleman holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University.
How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Butternut squash is a seasonal vegetable available only three months of the year, from September to November. Freezing butternut squash chunks allows you to enjoy the tasty vegetable year-round. While typical methods of freezing butternut squash usually involve cooking and mashing it, freezing it in chunks gives you the option of using it in your favorite recipe straight from the freezer. Cook frozen butternut squash chunks by adding them directly to boiling water, stews or casseroles without having to thaw the vegetable first.

Step 1

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Clean your butternut squash with a vegetable scrubber and cold running water.

Step 2

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Cut off the stem of the butternut squash and slice it in half.

Step 3

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Scoop out the stringy fibers and seeds with a spoon.

Step 4

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Peel the skin off with a Y-shaped vegetable peeler. Scrape the skin in a direction away from your body.

Step 5

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Cut the butternut squash into chunks.

Step 6

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Place the chunks into a large pot of boiling water. Boil for three minutes to blanch. The Colorado State University states that blanching is a quick-boiling technique that slows the enzymatic action of fruit and vegetables to help preserve the flavor, nutrients and texture while freezing.

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Drain the butternut squash through a colander.

Step 8

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Place the colander in a large pan of cold, ice water to cool the butternut squash.

Step 9

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Place the chunks of butternut squash into plastic freezer containers or bags. Seal tightly.

Step 10

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Mark the container or bag with the date and "butternut squash."

Step 11

How to Freeze Chunks of Butternut Squash
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Keep your butternut squash in a freezer set to 0 degrees F for up to one year.

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