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Making heads & tails of

the squash kingdom

6 Tricks to Take the Bland

out of Summer Squash

Zucchini Overload:

how to turn over-abundance

into advantage

5 Fast Ways to Cook Squash +

5 Simple Ways to Dress It Up

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Why We Love It

Top 10 Questions about Squash

The Green Kitchen

Picky Eater Tips

Money Saving Tricks

News from the Farm


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    Greek Potato Salad

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Buying the Best

Storing for Flavor

Prepping Tricks & Tips

Cooking Basics

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

14 Easy, Creative Dishes Using Summer Squash

Making Heads & Tails of the Squash Kingdom 6 Tricks toTake the Bland out of Summer Squash Zucchini Overload: how to turn over-abundance into advantage Zucchini Saute with 5 Variations Recipe List for Zucchini Buying The Best Storing For Flavor Prepping Tricks & Tips Cooking Basics Why We Love It The Green Kitchen Picky Eater Tips Money Saving Tricks News From The Farm #CookingClassPotatoSalad #Top10Questions In This Issue

Continue cooking and stirring until squash is browned on most sides.  Don’t worry if every side isn’t perfectly browned, just taste and make sure it is tender throughout.  

Remove cooked squash to a bowl, being careful not to overcook, which makes squash mushy.    

Start with the right pan:  Big and shallow are the key features.  

Pour in oil and heat over medium or medium-high heat.

Wait until oil is “hot but not smoking,” i.e., it will become very thin and look shimmery from the side.  A piece of squash will sizzle quite briskly when dropped in.

Fight the temptation to stir continually or squash won’t brown.  Allow squash to cook 2-3 minutes, until browned on one side, then turn.

Raise heat slightly if the addition of squash cools pan so squash is no longer sizzling briskly.

Soup pots and sauce pans are not qualified for this job.

How to Saute Summer Squash   

Add squash, but only as much as can be spread  evenly across bottom of pan, with a little space around each piece.  (See notes to the right.)

Season.  Remember that, being low in the flavor department, summer squash can use a little more salt and pepper than usual.

First: Give ‘Em Space!  

For squash to brown, each piece needs its own space.  Crowd them into a pan and the water content becomes overwhelming.  The result:  a big, watery stew.  Keep the pieces separate, however, and the water trapped inside can escape up and out of the pan.  The squash can then brown nicely and you get surprisingly tasty nuggets.


Brown in Batches  

The first part of this article talked about the large amounts of raw squash required to end up with a worthwhile amount of cooked squash.   Now you learn that each of those raw pieces needs to be given its own space in the cooking pan.  Who has a pan big enough for that?  

No one, actually, which is why browning is done in batches.  A half or third of the squash is browned then removed to a bowl, then the next half or third is browned and so on.  This sounds time-consuming, but squash cooks quickly at the higher heats recommended for these four methods.  

Once it is all browned and removed to a bowl, the squash is often left there, being returned to the main dish for just the last few minutes of the cooking time to avoid overcooking.

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