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#1 ShotgunWedding OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 07:59 AM

We have had a few frost mornings, so it was time to take in the butternut squash.  We grew a different butternut variety this year, breaking from at least 15 years of growing Early Butternut which was always a winner...but alas...it's genetics are now owned by Monsanto like so many others and we decided to choose another, more heritage variety.  Yes...I hate Monsanto but that's another topic.

 

These are Butterscotch variety, a 95 day squash compared to Early Butternut of 85 days.  Plant was quite a bit more compact than Early Butternut, squash was later to set and mature but seemed to catch up.  Squash are about 2/3 the size compared with Early BN, which suits us just fine as we are only 2.

 

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 10:22 AM

I planted 12 bush buttercup seeds, of which 3 plants survived the twisting winds and the attentions of a now deceased woodchuck.  From them there were 14 good sized squash, 3+lbs. or so., and several smaller and immature ones.  I was pushing their maturity date when I planted, but it was worth the risk.  These are a very dry, sweet , orange fleshed squash that I really enjoy baked, skin and all.


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Those sound nice, skin and all!!!  Do they store well?

 

Deceased woodchuck made me laugh!  Lead poisoning?


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 10:43 AM

I love baked butternut squash. my wife puts butter & brown sugar all over them, kinda like sweet potatoes.


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The woodchuck would have supplied you with some good protein to go along with your baked squash.


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 11:59 AM

​Have a refrigerator full of Butternut Squash. Got real big this year, 14 -16" long and 4-5 lbs.  One hill with about 5 seeds was about 3 times what we needed.  Several that were not mature yet went in the pile with the vines.  Trying to store them around 45-50°.  Will see what happens.  Like the Acorn Squash better.  If the Butternut don't want to keep will treat them like Sweet Potatoes and freeze them. 


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 12:03 PM

We end up roasting up 3-4 at a time in the oven, then scrapping out the flesh and bagging in ziplocks in the freezer.  Then all winter, we make a butternut soup that is to die for, has maple syrup in it and cinnamon.  YUMMY!


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 01:41 PM

Yes, they store very well, in the usual cool, dry location. Moisture in storing is their enemy.  And yes, acute poisoning of the .22 variety. Unfortunately  Asia, the Tibetan Mastiff, performed pick-up and removal duties before I could get to it.  By the time I found it later it wasn't up to anything but burial, lol.


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