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Video:How to Buy Acorn Squash

with Evelyn Paul

Acorn squash is a delicious winter squash, and is easy to buy if you know what you're looking for. Here are some tips on how to buy and store acorn squash.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Buy Acorn Squash

Hi, I am Chef Evelyn Paul. Today I am going to show you what to look for when picking an acorn squash and how to properly store it.

Buy Acorn Squash That Has a Dull Dark Green Color

When picking an acorn squash, it's important to pick one that has a dull dark green color with no cracks and no soft spots. I also pick a squash that's heavy for its size, as the lighter one indicates loss osf moisture.

I also try to pick a squash that's not too shiny and one that has some orange in the skin. This indicates maturity. However, too much orange indicates an overripe squash, which will be dry and stringy.

I pick a squash with the stem still intact, as this helps reduce moisture loss. Another way to reduce moisture loss is through proper storage.

Store Acorn Squash in a Cool Dark Area

Ideally, an acorn squash should be stored in a cool dark area with a temperate between 50-55 degrees. Any cooler than 50 degrees can result in chill damage.

An acorn squash that hasn't been cut or cooked will only last for about two weeks in a refrigerator, and a cut or cooked squash should be refrigerated for no more than four days.

Try to use your acorn squash within two weeks of purchase to ensure freshness. That's how you pick and store an acorn squash.
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