& Cooking Club
In This Issue
Making heads & tails of
the squash kingdom
6 Tricks to Take the Bland
out of Summer Squash
how to turn over-
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
Greek Potato Salad
Zucchini Salad Americana
Buying the Best
Storing for Flavor
Prepping Tricks & Tips
Recipes, Recipes, Recipes
14 Easy, Creative Dishes Using Summer Squash
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.
Properly stored, summer squash will last 5 to 14 days.
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-
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.
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-
Find out how to resolve that conundrum in a tastefully economical way. See the Money Saver section.
Older squash are best eaten cooked rather than raw. Cooking helps mask the usable-
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-
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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