i went to do a search of posts from the last year, trying to find ones where i mentioned hubbard squash, but it turns out i really didn’t write anything, only posting this photo from november. of all the crops i grew this last year, by far the one i was most proud of was our crop of hubbard squash. it’s easily one of my favorite winter squashes, and i’m a great lover of winter squash. this is one that had been sitting around all winter, and had we kept it in a cooler darker place would likely be just fine for another year. instead i kept it proudly in plain sight, hoping that someone would notice and provide me with compliments, causing it started to rot. i received few compliments, other than from s, who knew how proud i was and would stroke my ego by pointing out what a fine squash it was.
with the squash starting to rot, i wanted to do it proper honors and cook it up. first challenge with a squash as large as this hubbard is to get into it. i wish for a big meat cleaver, but i deal with a chefs knife plunged into it to start the cut and then a serrated utility knife to finish the job. these squash always look like a giant alien egg to me, i’m always a little surprised that an alien fetus is not waiting for me when i crack it open. i’m relived to be greeted with nothing more than a huge amount of slimy seeded, which i scooped out and held on to for future use. its impressive just how much seed one hubbard can provide. i hear rumors that the seed is more viable from aged squash than freshly harvested squash. anyone can confirm this? i soak the seed over night then clean the goo of in a sieve. the squash cleaned out, i rubbed with some oil, throw some water in the pan under them and shoved them in the oven at 375. after about an hour of cooking, i scooped out the filling. we had a lot of squash to deal with. for dinner i made squash mash, a perennial favorite. run the squash (or sweet potato, potato, turnip, parsnip, carrots, celeriac, or a combo) though a ricer. add some salt, pepper, milk and butter and mix it up. an easy weeknight side dish. we were still left with pounds squash to work with, but while i was at class s was kind enough to make quick use of them making squash granola, squash corn muffins, and squash custard. the custard is pretty much just a pie filling baked by itself, we are trying to reduce our wheat intake (long not very interesting story) so thus works well for us. what are yr favorite uses for winter squash? what are yr favorite winter squash varieties?