Today, we decided to cut up 2 of the large sweetmeat squash and process them for the freezer. We have been blessed with so many this year and I want to get started using them. It takes quite a bit of time to cook, mash and freeze these large squash, to I like to put some into the freezer. Early this morning, Rob cut them up and scooped out the seeds. I baked them on cookie sheets lined with foil.
I baked them until they were soft at 350 degrees. It took between 1-1/2 hours and 2 hours to get them to a place where a fork would easily slide into them. I got 4 large cookie sheets full from the 2 squash and was able to fit them all into my double ovens. When we remodeled this house a few years back, I put in the double oven because we run a large 4H club and it makes the cooking classes go better. I’ve found so many ways to use both ovens during days like this, and also at holidays, that I’ve always been glad I made that choice.
I set them out on the counter to cool down while I took Patsy to an appointment. I intended to put the squash through the food mill when I returned, but Ja’Ana surprised me by getting quite a bit of it done before I came back. Her arm was tired by then, so Patsy took over. Grinding the food mill is pretty fun, but I was very happy to have the help with that part of the job on such a busy day.
The end result was about 10 quart-sized zip-top bags and a sizable bowl for using fresh. Some of the bags are stuffed as full as they could get for evenings when we want to use it as a vegetable for dinner and some have less in them for when I want to use it for cooking. For meals, my kids like it warmed up with a little brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. For cooking, I use it as pumpkin. It is less watery and stringy as many pumpkins I have grown and we love using it in pie, muffins, pumpkin custard, etc. I love having the frozen squash in my freezer to make my life easier on busy days!