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Anti-nutrients in squash skin? Better to remove before cooking? (title renamed)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2012 at 12:12 AM

From what I've been reading, the anti-nutrients and chemical defenses of fruits & veggies are commonly in the skin.

Would it have been better for me to remove the skin from this butternut squash before tossing it in the pressure cooker halved, with 2 cups of water for 20 minutes?

Did I create a solution of weapons of mass destruction in the bottom of my pressure cooker, and expose the insides of my squash to it?

I was in a hurry, and didn't try to remove the skin before cooking. Is that a difficult process and time consuming process?

Thanks, Mike

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 09, 2012
at 11:42 AM

I don't eat the skin, so I don't worry about it.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Thanks! Great link! I guess I'll be in the market for a better knife set soon.

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Someone else on the internets already hacked the butternut squash (so to speak):

How to Peel and Cut a Butternut Squash

They use a peeler; I've also used a knife without much trouble.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Thanks! Great link! I guess I'll be in the market for a better knife set soon.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:22 AM

If I'm going to steam butternut squash, I do use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. But, usually I cook it in the oven, with the skin on, cut in half lengthwise, cut side down on a rimmed cookie sheet, 400 degrees for one hour.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on May 09, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Thanks all for the cutting and cooking experiences (which is handy, and I will try to cut it that way next time.

However, can anyone speak to the issue of anti-nutrients in the skin and creating a toxic brew when cooking?

Thanks, Mike

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 09, 2012
at 11:42 AM

I don't eat the skin, so I don't worry about it.

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on May 09, 2012
at 02:45 AM

If I oven roast it, I do so until the skin is very soft and brown, and eat it as well.

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