Last week I made butternut squash soup using the recipe Emeril’s “Farm to Fork” cookbook. The hardest part, in my opinion, was peeling the butternut squash. The squash is big, the skin is a bit tough, and it makes for an awkward time at the cutting board if you don’t know what you’re doing.


If you cut the squash properly first, though, the job becomes much easier. Once in it’s manageable pieces, you can peel it using a sturdy vegetable peeler or a kitchen knife.


This video from Good Housekeeping demonstrates how simple it really is.



Once you master cutting the squash, try it one of these five recipes for butternut squash.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Peeling and cutting butternut squash
Peeling the outside skin of this large squash is a bit awkward at first, but it’s easy once you know how to attack it.