Cooking tips

Cooking Tips

How to select and store buttercup squash

When purchasing, make sure you choose New Zealand Buttercup Squash that have:

  • A firm skin: Press firmly all over to make sure the rind isn’t soft (a sign of immaturity or over maturity or improper storage.)
  • Look for a good strong colors-the skin color should not look washed out. Dark green coloured skin with a yellow/orange ground spot. Dark orange flesh.
  • Heavy in size
  • Free of blemishes or mouldy spots.
  • Earliest signs of decay can often be seen as a softening of the skin around the stem of the fruit.

Storage

  • Store in a cool, preferably dark, well-ventilated area for up to one month at 12°C
  • Wrap cut pieces in plastic and refrigerate up to seven days
  • Store uncut in a cool, dry area up to 3 months
  • NZ Buttercup Squash is ethylene sensitive- keep away from ethylene producing fruits and ripening rooms
  • Do not store below 10°C

Cooking tips

To Bake

Simply wash the squash and place, whole on a baking dish.
  • Bake at 150-170°C for 50 to 60 mins.
  • To shorten baking time, cut the NZ Buttercup Squash in half with a very sharp knife.
  • If you wrap the NZ Buttercup Squash in aluminium foil, shiny side inside, the skin, which is edible and highly nutritious, will remain soft enough to enjoy along with the delicious flesh.

To Steam

Cut the NZ Buttercup Squash into cubes and place in a steamer with sufficient water.

Turn heat to high and steam for 7 to 10 minutes.

 

To Microwave

Whole:

Take a whole NZ Buttercup Squash and simply cut a hole through the skin into the core.

Place in a microwave-proof dish, cover with plastic wrap to seal heat in and microwave on high until the skin is tender. (Squash is easiest to cut after microwaving this way)

Pieces:

Cut Squash into required pieces, cover and microwave on high until tender.

 

To Peel

Japanese and Southeast Asian cooks prefer to leave the skin on the NZ Buttercup Squash because of its high nutrient content. However, if you choose to remove the skin, here are a few guidelines.

Squash is easier to peel after cooking. Using both hands with the knife in a horizontal position, peel off the skin by holding the blade away from the body and using a pushing motion to cut. After opening, take out all seeds.

 

How to Cut New Zealand Buttercup Squash

Buttercup squash can often be difficult, since good tasting buttercup squash are very hard. However, with a microwave oven, this task is very easy.

 

Step 1:
Buy a nice firm NZ Buttercup Squash from your local supplier
Step 2:
Put buttercup inside the microwave oven and heat it for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. This will make it softer. Remove carefully from microwave.
Step 3:
After this process, you should be able to cut it easily.
Step 4:
And now your NZ Buttercup Squash is ready to use in soups, salads, tempura, pies and pastas