If you want to cut some calories then taking spaghetti squash is the way to go. It is quite delicious and healthy and you got no excuse as why you shouldn’t try this vegetable. Well, if you are a newbie to this vegetable you might have scarce or no information on how to store spaghetti squash. That’s why we have come in to offer help. Here is the guide;
Picking and Storing Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash are picked during the fall season. You must be cautious when choosing the right spaghetti squash or otherwise you might end up regretting. When picking the spaghetti squash from the garden store or from the farm prioritize on skin health. The skin should be hard in color, thick, and without any mold spots. If you ignore this directive then your spaghetti squash will rot soon.
Storing Raw Spaghetti Squash
The most appropriate way is to store your raw spaghetti squash in a cool dry place such as cabinet and pantry. You should ensure that for all this time the spaghetti remains uncovered. The temperature of this area should be around 55 to 60 degree Fahrenheit. Please make sure you carry out weekly checkups to ensure that the vegetable is still edible.
If you live in a dry place, finding an ideal place to store your raw spaghetti squash can be quite difficulty. However, there is no cause to worry. You can still store the spaghetti squash in area with temperature degree measuring 68 Fahrenheit. This will last the spaghetti squash for at least one month.
You can store raw spaghetti squash in your refrigerator. To do so, you must wrap this nutritious vegetable with a plastic before you put it inside the fridge. However, this only when you have cut a part of the spaghetti squash and you want to store the rest. Once the spaghetti is cut it won’t stay fresh for long. It can only live for at least five days. For that reason, you should cook the rest of the spaghetti within five days.
Tips: If you see that your spaghetti squash continues to develop a soft skin with time unfortunately it is time to throw it away. Also, if you notice any leaking liquids then your spaghetti squash is no longer safe for human consumption. Disposing it is the only solution.
Cooking and Storing Spaghetti Squash
We have already talked about the nutritious aspect of this vegetable. Cooking spaghetti is simple and straightforward. After you have cooked your spaghetti squash you can store any left overs in the freezer. Put it in freezer bags and seal them. It is advisable that you label the freezer bags with the current days.
- If you are planning to eat your spaghetti squash in the next like two days maximum. You can store the spaghetti squash in a refrigerator after which you will reheat and enjoy the delicacy.
- You can enjoy your spaghetti squash within 6 to 8 months. However, if you find that it has become moldy and sticky do not hesitate to throw it on the dustbin.
NB: It is important to know that freezing does not have negative impact on the nutritional value of the spaghetti squash. What freezing does is that it inhibits the deterioration process. We highly advise that incase it is possible for you to grow this vegetable the better. Harvest it once it is ripe and freeze it.
Tips: Never microwave the whole spaghetti squash. This is because it might explode.
If you don’t have an access to the freezer you don’t have to worry. You can still store your spaghetti squash in cool dry place for approximately two months. To elongate its storage life, you will need to cure the spaghetti squash.
Leave your spaghetti squash in warm and sunny place for at least two weeks. This has an effect of hardening the skin of the squash and preventing it from any sort of damage. Once you are satisfied that the squash has hardened you can transfer it to a cool place. At least ensure that the spaghetti squash has a dry stem. Also, ensure that the stem is some inches long.