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Winter Squashes have hard skins to cut with a knife. I use a pumpkin carving knife to cut the squash. It is so much easier to saw through it than to try and slice it. I started doing this with my Spaghetti Squash.147
I've always had problems safely cutting a winter squash. They are usually so hard that the knife slips off or I end up cutting it lopsided. My mother in law taught me a trick: pierce the skin with a fork or the tip of a sharp knife several times and put it in the microwave (whole) for approximately 10 minutes (depending on the size). Remove from the microwave, grab some pot holders (the squash will be really hot) and slice it in halve and scoop it out. Really easy.
I learned the hard way that when handling raw butternut squash (or any other orange squash) that it's a good idea to wear latex gloves. Butternut squash has enzymes that can act like a chemical skin peel. My fingers turned orange and the skin got really tight and then started peeling over the next day, but only on the hand touching the raw squash. My right hand, which held the knife, was fine. Had to research online to figure out what happened.
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