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Annie35 is asking: (5 answers)
I have a fresh spaghetti squash. I have never cooked a fresh one, only a "cured" one from the super market. Can they be cooked fresh and how does it taste?

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Last updated: Jun. 25, 2013 9:25 am
Posted: Jun. 24, 2013 6:26 pm
Answered by: mimosa ain't no PRO
Jun. 24, 2013 6:54 pm
I can't answer your question, but I'm hoping someone will explain what a "cured" one from the store is as opposed to fresh.
Jun. 25, 2013 4:09 am
The ones in the store have a yellow rind. I've always considered them to be a winter squash (one that can be kept through the winter in a cool dark place.) I know how to cook the squash. I have never cooked one fresh off the vine with a green rind.
Answered by: Volleyballmom
Jun. 24, 2013 7:35 pm
Cut it length wise down the middle, brush inside with olive oil. Place it face down in a baking dish with enough water to cover bottom, maybe a little more, cover and bake at 350 for 35-45 mins or so depending on size. It's done when a fork goes easily through the tough side. Take it out and scrape the insides. It will come out like spaghetti. Add a little butter and salt/pepper and there you go! It's quite delicious. Now what's a cured one mean?
Jun. 24, 2013 7:41 pm
I should've added to scrape it with a fork for best results.
Jun. 25, 2013 4:14 am
I used the word "cured" because I have always considered it to be a winter squash that can be kept thru the winter in a cool dark place. The one I have has green rind and it is fresh off the vine.
Answered by: FrackFamily5
Jun. 24, 2013 8:13 pm
Poke a few holes in it. Put it in a microwave bowl, cover with a wet paper towel nuke it for 10. Min. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Cut in half and scrape with a fork. I have done both ways. Prefer the micro method.
Answered by: Patches
Jun. 24, 2013 9:11 pm
I start my spaghetti squash in the microwave. Poke holes in it, microwave for about 8 minutes, cut in half (much easier now that it's softer), clean out the seeds, etc., add some olive oil and Italian seasoning and microwave about another 10 minutes per half. Use a fork to make "strings", put strings in casserole, add diced tomatoes, green pepper, garlic and shredded cheese. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Without the added flavours, we find spaghetti squash quite bland.
Answered by: Annie35
Jun. 25, 2013 9:25 am
I didn't realize so many did not know that the spaghetti squash was a winter squash. The Texas A&M University says the squash is harvested in the fall. It is ready to cut from the vine when you can't make a dent in the rind with your thumb nail and changes color, usually to yellow or orange. Let it cure in a cool dark place for at least 2 weeks.
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