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Jan 30, 2009 01:52 PM

Is this acorn squash still good?

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. 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. 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

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

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          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

            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.