How to Cut Winter Squash Like a Pro

Show butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash who's boss with this step-by-step tutorial.

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The arrival of cooler weather means picking all the apples and spicing all the pumpkins and wearing all the flannel. It also means devouring all the squash we can get our hands on. The only problem? Properly cutting the gigantic gourds without losing a finger.

If you have no idea where to begin when it comes to creating perfectly sliced, cubed, and peeled winter squash (aka butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash), fear not! We've found just the video from Whole Foods that takes you through the steps for each type:

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Butternut Squash

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It's actually pretty easy to achieve perfectly cubed butternut squash.

  1. Trim each end of the squash.
  2. Cut between the neck and the base.
  3. Peel the skin using a chef's knife or peeler.
  4. Chop the base piece in half.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  6. Create clean slices from the neck and base pieces.
  7. Cube everything you just sliced.

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Acorn Squash

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Acorn squash doesn't take as much effort because you leave the skin on when you cook it.

  1. Cut off the end with the stem.
  2. Cut the squash in half from the stem area to the bottom, starting with the tip of your knife so nothing slips.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.

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Spaghetti Squash

Behold: the squash that changed the way we eat spaghetti. If you avoid making spaghetti squash solely because you think it's too complicated, you're two steps away from changing your mind.

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  1. Trim each end of the squash.
  2. Cut half of the squash lengthwise, starting with the tip of your knife to avoid injury. Then, cut the other half lengthwise as well.

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