Looking for an easier way to prep this hard-to-chop veggie? Try these methods for cutting butternut squash (and not yourself).

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A microwave is a powerful gourd-softening tool. Score a squash all over. Nuke it for 4 to 6 minutes. Let it cool, then peel, halve, and scrape out the seeds. Bake the squash to soften it completely, or pop it back in the microwave. Best for cubing or slicing


This one is super simple: Put the squash on a baking sheet (no need to prick the skin) and roast at 400° until a bit tender, about 40 minutes. Once it's slightly cooled, it'll peel easily. To get softer squash, bake for about 1 hour. Best for cubing, slicing, or mashing

Slow Cooker

If you aren't in a hurry, a slow cooker will soften squash while you go about your day—or while you sleep. After 4 to 5 hours on high (or 6 to 8 on low), the squash will be creamy and easy to peel. Let it cool, then cut lengthwise to scoop out the seeds. Best for mashing

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Wrap a squash in Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Cover it with the embers under the grill grate and let it bake until soft, about 1 hour. Best for mashing