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Squash instead of pumpkin ?

Old 10-17-2022, 06:21 PM
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Will it work to substitute squash for pumpkin in baking ?
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Old 10-17-2022, 07:32 PM
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This is something you might want to Google. Certain types of squash can be substituted but others may not be as good. There are all kinds of recipes out there. Many down here make pies with Cushaw squash. Baking is a wide category. Casseroles? Pies? Cookies? Cakes? Roasted?
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Old 10-18-2022, 02:12 AM
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A couple of years ago, someone gave me a lot of Kobocha (sp?) squash. It's big and green, like buttercup. I baked it and then pureed the flesh and put it into freezer containers. I then made squash bread with it using my pumpkin bread recipe, as well as a delicious soup. I think it could be used for pumpkin pie as well.
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Old 10-18-2022, 03:13 AM
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Most pumpkin recipes can be substituted with squash. I have found though that the squash is best roasted in the oven first to remove some of the moisture.
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Old 10-18-2022, 03:17 AM
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Like Mkotch, I have used Kobocha as a substitute for pumpkin and sweet potato casserole. It's the ugly, green, bumpy pumpkin shaped thing. Hard to find. I think people use it for decorations here in Florida. But wonderful.
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Old 10-18-2022, 04:58 AM
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Like Mkotch, I have used Kobocha as a substitute for pumpkin and sweet potato casserole. It's the ugly, green, bumpy pumpkin shaped thing. Hard to find. I think people use it for decorations here in Florida. But wonderful.
My goodness. Kobocha is probably the most common variety of squash in the stores up here in Minnesota. Interesting. Maybe some varieties like it a bit colder?
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Old 10-18-2022, 05:21 AM
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My mom frequently used pureed butternut squash in place of pumpkin for pies and breads.
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Old 10-18-2022, 05:51 AM
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I'm told they're all in the same squash family. Also sweet potatoes can be used instead of pumpkin. The nice thing about say butternut squash is you can buy or grow it and keep it in a nice cool dark area and it will last for many months, not like pumpkin that seem to deteriorate faster. Don't know about the Acorn or spaghetti squashes though. I grow the butternut and my sister grows the pumpkin when she can keep the deer out of her garden. We've kept it down in our basements for over a year without having it go bad.

This year, though it wasn't my best year for squash, I gave all away as I still have 5 - 1 gallon freezer bags in the freezer for my soups.
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My goodness. Kobocha is probably the most common variety of squash in the stores up here in Minnesota. Interesting. Maybe some varieties like it a bit colder?
That's fascinating. I had never heard of it and found out about it a few years ago in a Weight Watchers meeting. It must be a true cold weather squash. Lucky you. I love it when I can find it.
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Old 10-20-2022, 06:48 AM
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I grew up using squash in all pumpkin recipes, and still do. I find pumpkin to be on the bland side and prefer squash. My favorites are butternut and buttercup, and love Hubbard, but don't find that very often. I love growing my own, but that has not been an option for a few years.

I cut in half (or smaller if it's really big) and steam cook the squash, (one of the few things I use my electric roaster for), and after it cools, I scoop it off the shell, puree it and measure and put in freezer bags.
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