Monday, October 4, 2010
Happy, Happy, Happy!
I brought these two Red Kuri squash in last week to use as decoration. The big one weighs 6-1/2 pounds and the smaller weighs 3-1/2 pounds. Most of the squash out in the garden are close to or somewhere between these weights.
Yesterday I finally got up enough courage to bring another one in and cut it open to see if it had matured enough to be edible. I had just about convinced myself the squash weren't going to make it. But they DID, oh ye of little faith, Mama Pea!
I split it in half and . . . wow, it looked good! So I baked it to eat with our evening meal. Wow again. It was very, very good!
I am so happy that the hundred pounds of squash out there in the garden have ripened enough to be usable. (A hundred pounds?! If, on the the average, each squash weighs 5 pounds, and there are at least 25 of them . . . well, that makes a little more than 100 pounds, right?)
So what the heck am I going to DO with 100+ pounds of squash? I'm going to give away as many as I can before people start running in the opposite direction when they see me. I've been thinking I'd also like to cook and freeze some to use in recipes where I'd normally use pumpkin. But just how would the squash be as a pumpkin substitute?
I had 2 cups of cooked squash left from the one we ate yesterday. So today I made a pumpkin pie with the squash leftovers.
This is the pie ready to go into the oven. Umm, looks a little light in color, doesn't it?
Just out of the oven and looking a little darker . . . but also like it wants to essplode! What's with this?
As the pie cooled, it began to look more like a pumpkin pie.
We sampled it for dessert tonight. The texture was not quite as smooth as pumpkin (I'm not sure why) and although the flavor was a smidge different than pumpkin, it was actually very tasty and I wonder if a person would be able to detect the difference between this squash pie and one made with pumpkin.
Bottom line, I've decided I will put up a quantity of the squash to use in place of canned pumpkin this winter.
And I am so, so happy the Red Kuris will be used for food rather than as funny-shaped pumpkin decorations!