How to Pick the Best (Butternut, Zucchini, Yellow) Squash

If you’ve ever been to a grocery store and picked up squash, you’ve more than likely been disappointed once you get them home and cut them open to find them full of seeds.

It can be hard to pick the right produce if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Use this guide to pick the best squash to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck.

How to Choose Butternut Squash

A ripe butternut squash should be a dark shade of beige. Its skin should have a matte look. If it’s shiny, put it down. It’s not ripe yet. Notice any patches of green? Not ripe yet. It’s okay if it has blemishes — just make sure there’s no cuts on the squash.

Butternut squash that have a smaller bulb and longer neck are typically less seedy.

How to Choose Summer Squash (Zucchini and Yellow Squash)

Pick smaller squash (less than eight inches long) as they are typically less seedy and more tender. The larger sized squash tend to be more bitter.

Look for firm, vibrantly colored squash. A few nicks and scratches on a squash’s thin skin are to be expected. But avoid wrinkly skin, which is a sign of age, or soft and wet spots, the first signs of rot.

How to Store Squash

Once you’ve got them home, keep squash dry and wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer. They’ll keep for one to two weeks, though you’ll probably see the skin start to shrivel over time.

Now that you know how to pick them, never make the mistake of picking an unripe or super seedy squash.

Watch my video below as I take you to the grocery store using these tips to pick out the best squash.

Get ready to learn:

  • How to buy the best butternut squash
  • How to buy the best zucchini
  • How to buy the best yellow summer squash

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