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How to Boil Butternut Squash With Salt

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Boil Butternut Squash With Salt
A halved butternut squash on a wooden table. Photo Credit: Rixipix/iStock/Getty Images

Boil butternut squash to make it tender for eating on its own or using in other dishes. This quick way of cooking butternut squash produces soft chunks in about 10 minutes. The general belief is that adding salt to boiling water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, reducing cooking time. You can test if this belief holds true when you make this recipe.

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Step 1

Slice the squash in half through the middle with a clean, sharp knife.

Step 2

Scoop out the seeds with an ice cream scoop.

Step 3

Peel off the exterior of the squash with a vegetable peeler or paring knife.

Step 4

Lay each squash half on its side and slice into 1-inch thick rounded pieces. Cut these pieces into evenly sized chunks.

Step 5

Fill a large pot halfway full with water and place it on a stove top burner set to medium-high heat.

Step 6

Pour 1 tbsp. of salt for every 4 qt. of water into the pot.

Step 7

Add the squash chunks just as the water starts to boil.

Step 8

Cook the squash until it becomes tender, about seven to nine minutes, or until you can easily pierce it with a fork.

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