Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker

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We love squash – we may love it a little too much.  Because we always grow enough to feed a small army.  Or possibly an entire elementary school.  In the end, we still love it.  And the great thing about squash is that if you leave at least an inch of the stem on, and you store it in a cool dry place, it can stay good for most of the winter.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

When you cook squash in the oven, it usually takes at least an hour.  Which is fine, if you have the time.  You may be thinking that a slow cooker takes  a lot longer than the oven.  But the deal is that the slow cooker really only takes 5 minutes and then you don’t think about it.  And my mid-mornings are always less busy than my 5:00pm.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

This tutorial is using a banana squash, but it is the same for any type of Winter squash.  First cut your squash in half.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

Depending on how big your squash is, you will need to cut it into smaller pieces.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

Scoop the seeds out as your are cutting.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

Make sure you cut them into uniform pieces so that they will cook evenly.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

Place in the slow cooker.  You can stack the pieces on top of each other.  You don’t need to add any other liquid.  Just the squash.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

You can stop here and just turn on the slow cooker.  Or you can add spices or other flavorings.  I have made it both ways and they both turn out great.  This particular time I added apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

Cook on low for 6 hours.  It will be delicious, smooth, and cooked to perfection.

Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker. Did you know cooking squash could be so simple?

You will never go back to oven cooking squash again.  And heaven forbid you ever try cooking in the microwave.  Trust me on this one – try the slow cooker method.

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I can’t wait to try this. I love squash, my husband not so much. But since I don’t have to right on top of it – is fantastic. Thank you.

You don’t have to peel it – just slice, remove the seeds and stick in in your slow cooker with the skin on. When it is finished cooking, just scoop off the squash from the skin – so easy!

Loved it! Didn’t peel, placed as shown – My wife’s on some kind of weird diet, and only the inside of the squash was allowed for her. I ate the inside and out, as it was all so tasty and tender you couldn’t really tell the difference, but I bet I’ve been super-vitaminized! 🙂

I don’t know much about squash… Always assumed it was a lot of work – maybe not this way! Do you serve it as a side dish? What meat(s) would you recommend with it? thanks!

This sounds delicious! I have some butternut squash I will try it with. Question about the apple juice. Do you think apple cider will work as a replacement and how much do you recommend using? Thanks!!

Is anyone mashing the squash? I usually cook squash while in the microwave, scoop it out and mash with brown sugar….does the slow cooker cook it to a mash consistency?

I’d like to ask why you take out the seeds? I understand they’re healthy as is the skin. Perhaps it’s different when you slow cook?(I mean texturally or something like that).

Hi All

Experimenting with slow cooking small squash whole and unpeeled at 113F/ 45C;

Has anyone tried this yet? I know it can be done with yams and sweet potato.

Want to make an informed decision before buying a slow cooker.

Many thanks!