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Feature Articles

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

In Every Issue

Why We Love It

Top 10 Questions about Squash

The Green Kitchen

Picky Eater Tips

Money Saving Tricks

News from the Farm


Cooking School

Cooking Classes:

    Greek Potato Salad

    Zucchini Salad Americana

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

<<At Home:  Storing for Flavor

The Basics:

Treat Tenderly A defining features of summer squash is its tender skin (as opposed to winter squash’s hard shell.)  So go gently on in it to avoid bumping and nicking the skin.   

Refrigerate Quickly  Get squash into the frig as soon as possible.  Being mostly water, they can go limp quickly in outside air.

Bag Loosely As always, no need to wash before storing, even if the squash are dirty.  Just pop in a bag and close loosely.

The Official Word   

Properly stored, summer squash will last 5 to 14 days.    

Unofficial Footnotes   

Five to 14 days is quite a range!  Will your squash be toast on day five or do you have another week and a half to use it up?  Here are a couple factors to help narrow things down:

Interestingly, really large squash can last even more than 14 days.  The larger a summer squash becomes, the more it becomes like a winter squash, with a tough exterior skin that protects the inner flesh.  So these giants can be used as much as four or five weeks after picking, although the seeds may need to be removed if hard, and the skin peeled if tough (a vegetable peeler works just fine.)

In the end, a less than optimal, smaller-sized squash may only have a day or two left by the time you get it home while a fresh-picked, mature squash can indeed last 2 weeks.

A Final Caveat   

Remember that all vegetables begin to deteriorate nutritionally from the moment they’re picked.  So regardless of how long a squash can last, from a nutritional standpoint, it’s always best to use as soon as possible.   This is true in terms of taste, too.  The fresher the better.  

How Long Will Squash Last?

Money Saver:  Pitch or Use?

Regardless of all the produce rules and nutrition protocols, when it comes to assessing the longevity of produce, money is usually the overriding concern:  “Do I have to pitch the 10-day-old squash I just found in the frig (and not only waste its $3.00 purchase price but pay $3.00 more for a replacement?)

Find out how to resolve that conundrum in a tastefully economical way.  See the Money Saver section.   

Helpful Hint:

Older squash are best eaten cooked rather than raw.  Cooking helps mask the usable-but-still-less-than-fresh taste of older squash.  If a dish features raw summer squash, be sure to use small to medium squash that are as fresh as possible, even if it does mean an extra trip to the store (although a little advance planning can spare you from that fate!)  

Store in Top Drawer or Main Compartment  Being a warmer weather vegetable, squash prefers one of the warmer areas of the refrigerator.  It doesn’t want to be in the bottom crisper drawer, where it’s cold and damp.  While that’s the perfect spot for cold-weather greens like lettuce and spinach, summer squash wants to be in the top crisper with other warm weather veggies like cucumber, beans and eggplant.  There, the temperature is just cool and the humidity is moderate.

More Advanced:

Don’t have two crispers?  As long as squash is in a plastic bag, it can also be kept in the main refrigerator compartment.    






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