Have you ever wished you could cook a Butternut Squash without cutting it up first and risk slicing off your fingers? Because if you’ve ever tried to cut an uncooked Butternut, you know that it can be tricky…and dangerous. When my mother-in-law told me about cooking them whole in the crockpot, I was excited, because I LOVE tricks to make life in the kitchen easier. This is as easy as it gets.
This is my favorite tip for piercing a steam vent without cutting into the skin. The knife slides right in!
- 1 whole Butternut Squash, 2-4 lbs
- Wash your squash. If there’s dirt on the skin, it will get inside when you cut it.
- Pierce the bottom with a pairing knife, for steam to escape.
- Place in slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HI for 4-5 hours.
- I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t pierce their squash when they cook it whole, and they’ve never had one burst. This is risky, it can explode if there isn’t a way for steam to escape…and you’ll get hot squash all over you and your kitchen. You’ll get burned, and it’s really messy to clean up. It’s SO easy to just pierce the bottom, so don’t risk it. (Huge thanks to my friend Melanie for this awesome tip!)
- If your squash is too long for your crockpot because of the stem, simply cut it off or break it off to fit. My squash was long, so I had to remove the stem. Easy!
- Anything bigger than 4 lbs will probably be too big to fit in your crockpot. I also have easy instructions for How To Roast a Whole Butternut Squash in the Oven!
If you prefer to cut your squash prior to cooking, Whole Foods Market has some great tips!
Some people microwave their squash for 2 minutes prior to cutting to make it a little easier.
Whole Foods carries a wide variety of winter squash. Be sure to try squashes like Delicata, Spaghetti, Acorn, Kabocha, Hubbard, or Buttercup…a great addition to your Fall dishes! And you can search their website for more great instructions and recipes!
I am a Whole Food blogging ambassador. This post was written in exchange for a gift card to purchase food. Any opinions are my own.
Method seen on CookEatPaleo.