Does Microwaving Winter Squash Really Make It Easier to Cut?
Every time I go to cut a winter squash, I find myself holding my breath. Because no matter how sharp my knife is, cutting through its thick skin and dense flesh is never an easy task.
The Original Tip
Spaghetti squash is known to have a particularly tough, hard skin, so I knew if this trick worked on this type of squash, it would work on any variety.
Read the Original Tip: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave
The Testing Method
I followed exactly what Emma recommended. First, I scored the squash vertically around the middle with a paring knife, cutting into it about 1/4-inch deep, which she said would help guide the knife later when I sliced it. I then used a fork to poke multiple spots around the squash to help steam escape — I didn’t want the squash exploding on me because of a buildup of steam inside!
The squash went into a baking dish and was heated on high for five minutes. I used oven mitts to remove the dish from the microwave and transferred the squash to a cutting board. I then used a chef’s knife to slice through the middle of the squash, using my hands to help break it apart at the stem.
While it still definitely involved a bit of arm strength to cut the squash in half, I did find that the knife worked its way through easier than if the squash had not been microwaved. I still had to be mindful of my fingers, but I didn’t feel like I was putting my entire weight into the process.
Verdict: This works!
With the successful cutting of my spaghetti squash, I proceeded to try the method with butternut squash as well and had equal success. This is definitely a trick to try on any winter squash with a thick skin.