Where to store winter squash if not in basement?

catherinet(5 IN)September 20, 2009

My basement stinks of must and I don't want to store any food down there. My freezer is almost full, so I can't fit all my butternut squash pulp in there. Would I just find the coolest place in my house and keep them there?? I'm sure their shelf life would be decreased.??


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We don't have a basement and simply store them in the coolest place possible. Some last quite a while.

If your basement only smells musty, you might consider storing them there. You could always wipe them off before using.

Tahlequah, OK

    Bookmark   September 20, 2009 at 4:40PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks George,
I must have an incredible number of must receptors in my taste because I'm really sensitive to some "flavors". So I think I'll find a really cool closet somewhere. I'll have to check out my attic. It might get too cold though.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2009 at 8:38PM
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Just don't put them there until weather gets cold. Attics can really heat up when the sun is shining.

I remember 25 years ago, when we lived in a house trailer and had an exceptionally large squash harvest. We had them under our bed, behind the couch and other furniture and even used one for a door stop! The door stop squash, a large Tahitian Melon Squash, lasted for about a year.


    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 6:51AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

LOL George! I hadn't thought of a door stop. Good idea!

I do have a thermometer at the top of the pull-down steps for the attic. I've never checked the temp in the winter, but I had it there for the summer.........I'm surprised it doesn't spontaneous combust up there on hot days. It goes up as high as the thermometer will go...something like 130+.....so no squash up there!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 3:22PM
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You can store them up until the frost outside, on your porch, for example. They will ripen faster this way. Or you can store in a shed if gets some air flow. Put them on some dry hay or straw. The cooler, dryer they are kept, the longer they will last, loosing some of the moisture and getting tastier.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2009 at 10:07PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks cyrus gardner.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2009 at 7:19AM
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