What to do with overgrown crookneck squash?

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  1. stgagnon

    stgagnon Well-Known Member

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    Greetings,
    While we have enjoyed lots of perfectly-sized yellow crookneck squash in the last month, we have not been able to keep up, and we have a load of pretty but too big and too hard-skinned squashes.
    We've tried preparing them the same way as the tender small ones, but it is not pleasant.
    Does anyone have any ideas for how we might use (and even enjoy) these giants?
    Thanks,
    -Suz.
     
  2. edcopp

    edcopp Well-Known Member

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    Save the seeds. :) Compost the rest or feed it to chickens.
     

  3. jen74145

    jen74145 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My rabbits love them. :)
     
  4. kitaye

    kitaye Well-Known Member

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    Scoop out the seeds and stuff them with a moist sausage dressing and bake them. The juices in the dressing will soften the meat of the squash and make it edible. The skins are then tossed to the pigs.
     
  5. PonderosaQ

    PonderosaQ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'd stuff them too with meat loaf mix or maybe a rice stuffing. You can bake them in a sauce and once again give the skins to the critters or compost if it doesn't soften up.
    PQ
     
  6. JAS

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    I love the big ones--they sell great at the market (for decoration/gourds)!