How often have you bought a Butternut Squash and blissfully forgotten its existence in your kitchen cabinet? More than 50% of homemakers agree to be in this distressing situation where you find the vegetable all leaky and mushy when you take it out for cooking. So how can you make sure that this kind of pumpkin is fresh and safe after days of harvest or purchase? Find answers to all your queries regarding storing this vegetable for safe and long-term use from this article on how to Tell If Butternut Squash is bad Like A Pro?
Essentials to Check If Your Butternut Squash Is Starting to Rot
Telling if the vegetable is fit for eating or not might seem simple and straight forward. All that you would need for this is the vegetable, yes, of course, your hands and a good knife.
Understanding the shelf life of Butternut Squash
Even before we proceed on discussing tips on how to know if the vegetable has turned bad, it is worthwhile to know how long this winter vegetable can be stored before it becomes non-edible. There is no definite shelf life or eat by date, so it is a bit tricky to decide if you can use it or not unless you check it out physically.
Fresh Butternut Squash will ideally last for a month if stored outside in your kitchen cabinets under fresh and hygienic conditions. Similar to other veggies, you can increase the shelf life by storing it in a refrigerator, which is discussed in detail below.
Storing Properly Can Aid A Longer Shelf Life
This holds good for most food items, be it perishable or non-perishable. However, special care must be taken when it comes to vegetables, as they can form mold or get mushy and leaky under non-hygienic and damp conditions.
How to Tell If Your Butternut Is Fit for Consumption?
The hard skin provides for a longer shelf life naturally. So, checking if the Butternut is edible or not starts by examining the rind.
The earlier you eat the veggie after its harvest, the healthier it is. However, the tips mentioned above will help you preserve the vegetable for a longer duration and also aid in safe eating. To reiterate the key takeaway, checking the rind is the best way to say if the winter squash is all good for consumption. Also, keeping the veggies away from the refrigerator will give you access to unaltered taste and nutrition. These tips are from a homemaker’s own experience and research. Should you know of any other signs of the veggie being unfit for use, do share it with us. You can also drop in your questions in the comments section and share your stories on cooking this winter vegetable.