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How to Safely Cut Hard Squash

If you're a squash lover who can't wait to cut into and bake your first squash of the fall season, this tip is for you! Here's a way to safely cut into those rock-hard squash.


Cutting into a rock-hard squash can be difficult and even dangerous. Use the microwave to soften it just enough to make cutting easier and safer. First, pierce the squash all over with a paring knife, going about 1" deep. Then microwave the squash on high power for three minutes (any longer and it will start to cook). Remove the squash with a kitchen towel (it’s hot!) and cut it in half.

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