Possibly the most baffling question a kitchen enthusiast can hear is, “Can I freeze spaghetti squash?”
Sure, it may sound strange.
But if you’re following a vegan diet or just prefer to buy your vegetables without giving them a human face, it could be helpful to know.
According to The Kitchn, spaghetti squash is actually a very versatile vegetable that’s easy to cook and a healthy addition to any meal.
You can use it as a substitute for spaghetti in vegan and vegetarian dishes. But its texture can also be hard to pin down: “Unlike acorn squash, which has a more rubbery, squishy texture, spaghetti squash’s gets rather chunky,” the outlet explains.
So, how do you store it? If you think that’s a loaded question, you’re not alone. But there’s an answer.
It turns out that you can freeze spaghetti squash. It sounds a bit scary, but it’s actually pretty simple.
According to The Kitchn, the best way to store spaghetti squash is to cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, and place them in a bag or container with an inch of water.
Leave it at room temperature, let the squash soften, and then you can scoop out the squash, cutting off the stringy membrane before you cut it up.
And that’s it!
If you want to test the quality of the squash, try cutting a piece into cubes (a quarter-inch or half-inch is perfect), putting it in a container with water, and checking it every couple of days.
If the squash’s still good after a week or two, it’ll be a great way to prevent unwanted bugs.
For extra security, freeze your spaghetti squash and put it in your freezer, according to one recipe.
And while the spaghetti squash is totally freezing-friendly, make sure to check with your local food store to see if the squash is available.
Your favorite grocery store may be sold out of spaghetti squash right now, which means it’s time to look for a spaghetti squash substitute.