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Is this acorn squash still good?

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mayache Jan 30, 2009 01:52 PM

I've had an acorn squash in my cabinet for about 2 months. In that time it's turned from green to orange on the outside. Is there any chance it's still good? How do I tell?

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: mayache Jan 30, 2009 02:22 PM

    chances are your home is not root cellar temperature, so i'm guessing the time has passed for your squash. cut it open and see.

    1. Father Kitchen RE: mayache Jan 31, 2009 02:38 AM

      Color change like that usually indicates ripening. If the outside is still firm, the inside is probably okay, but you won't know for sure until you do what hotoynoodle suggests: cut it open and see.

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      1. re: Father Kitchen
        hotoynoodle RE: Father Kitchen Jan 31, 2009 04:44 AM

        color change can also indicate decay. her squash was not properly stored.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          greygarious RE: hotoynoodle Jan 31, 2009 07:52 AM

          Disagree - orange on an acorn squash is ripening, not rotting. Depending on temperature, hard squashes store for many months. If the cupboard was warm the squash might be mealy but it's probably fine, and better than when freshly-picked.

          1. re: greygarious
            DockPotato RE: greygarious Jan 31, 2009 01:32 PM

            Our last squash was just such a one - a bright orange acorn and bought in the first week of October. Had it last week and it was delicious.

            We store our squash in a dark, coolish room in the basement. I've had squash and rutabagas go off in past years when I wasn't careful in selection. If there is the slightest blemish or bruise on the skin decay begins. So we watch our store and use those first - simply cut away the effected part if things haven't progressed too far.

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