You’d think that all kids naturally dislike vegetables, but not my kids. My kids love it when I use spaghetti squash. Every day, they ask me to whip up some spaghetti squash for them. Because the demand in my household for it is so high, I’m wondering whether it is possible to preserve a supply of spaghetti squash. I want to have ones stored so it would be easy for me to use it to prepare meals.
Preserving spaghetti squash is quite easy and can be done within an hour or so. Storing spaghetti squash will definitely help you in satisfying your children’s cravings for it.
You can preserve your supply of spaghetti squash by freezing it. The process of freezing spaghetti squash takes one hour, and if you manage to do it properly, your supply can last for a few months at a time without any significant changes to the quality happening.
What You Need To Know?
The quality of the spaghetti squash will remain good for at least four months if stored in a freezer.
Freezing your supply of spaghetti squash is not going to affect its quality for the first few months. It will remain tasting as good as fresh when you thaw it within that time.
Normally, a pack of stored spaghetti squash can last for as long as six to eight months, depending on how low your freezer’s temperature can get.
However, as with any type of organic food, its quality will start going downhill after six or seven months of storage.
In order to thaw your supply, you simply have to take it out of the freezer and put it on your refrigerator.
After it has thawed through for four to five hours, you need to take off the squash from its container and heat it gently in a microwave to get rid of any excess water.
How to Freeze Spaghetti Squash?
Here are the steps you need to take in order to freeze your spaghetti squash:
- Firstly, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Take the seeds out of the squash afterwards. The seeds can be used for many things, and you can even use them to plant your own squash once you’re done, so make sure that you save them for later.
- Put the squash on a baking sheet with the cut side facing up.
- Put the squash in the oven for thirty minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until you notice that the squash has become tender. The time it takes for the squash to be in the oven depends on how large it is and how ripe the squash is.
- Once tender, let it cool and then run a fork lengthwise through the squash’s flesh, in the process creating “strands” or the “spaghetti”.
- Put everything in a colander.
- Put the colander in a mixing bowl. Cover and let it cool overnight in the refrigerator. This process should take just one hour.
- Afterwards, put everything in a freezer safe bag, ensuring that no air is locked inside.
Spaghetti Squash Recipes
If you want to put an Italian twist to your spaghetti squash, you can try making lasagna bowls with them, as shown in this video:
If you want to serve your spaghetti squash as light comfort food, you can create a meat sauce that blends well with the squash by following the recipe in this video:
If you want to give your kids a healthy snack, you can even make pizza with spaghetti squash as the main ingredient by following the recipe in this video:
Yes, you can freeze spaghetti squash. Frozen spaghetti squash will last for 6-8 months in the freezer if stored properly. If you want to reheat it or use it in a recipe that requires thawed out spaghetti squash, there are two options: use a stovetop or microwave oven. Freezing also preserves texture which means your frozen meal will taste just as good after being heated up again. Follow these steps for freezing spaghetti squash: remove the seeds and pulp from the inside of the squash before storing in the freezer bag, make sure you push out all of the air while sealing tightly (to avoid freezer burn), store properly, label with today’s date, allow enough time to defrost on the counter top when ready to eat or use in a meal prep recipe, and make sure it is cooked well for your baby (you can do this by following the same cooking instructions as fresh spaghetti squash).
Now that you know how to freeze your spaghetti squashes, please share your experience with me in the comment below.