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Spaghetti squash

Postby Modesty » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:37 am

I ended up with 75 enormous spaghetti squash this year. Yep, 75. I was given a jar of seeds, aired them out in the sun(they had been stored in a minced garlic jar and nearly knocked me over when I opened it) and of course they got rained on and all germinated. So I planted them all, about 12 vines in the end, and they covered about 10 square metres. I was surprised as the soil was mostly clay and lawn clippings that I had been trying to improve.

Any recipes? I know about normal pasta sauces, but can you do anything else with them? Freeze them? Make twee craft things out of them? I am not sure how long they store, but will certainly find out in the course of time.

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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby betr2garden » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:13 am

Wow Modesty, that's a lot of spaghetti squash!

I love these, but 75 might be a little much for one family to use up. You could keep the street supplied.

They keep about a month in a cool, dry place, but months in cold storage. The cooked threads can be frozen. To use, partly defrost then steam.

Sorry, I haven't got too many recipes as I've never been faced with lots to use - I just use as a pasta substitute. Hope you get lots of tasty ideas.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby colour-me-blue » Tue May 01, 2012 2:42 pm

I noticed you like fetta Modesty, so perhaps you'll like this recipe.

http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/861/baked-spaghetti-squash-with-feta.aspx
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby flytraps » Thu May 03, 2012 11:38 am

My friend introduced me to her mothers favorite. Let me warn you may sound nasty, but pretty good if you have a sweet tooth. Just cook normally and add brown sugar and butter. I thought yuch at first but actually pretty good.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby Modesty » Fri May 04, 2012 7:15 am

I have read of cooking zuchinni like apples, sliced with sugar and cinamon, so I guess it's possible.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby flytraps » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:06 am

Have you come up with any new recipes for spaghetti squash yet? Hoping to hear some new ways to cook it.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby betr2garden » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:51 am

There are plenty of recipes out there. I haven't added as I haven't tried them but, with 75 spaghetti squash to use I'm sure you have googled recipes by now. Here's one search I did:
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes. ... atings&pg=

Teaming with great ideas to try.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby Modesty » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:19 pm

To be honest, they were not very good eating! I am not sure if they were all ripe enough, or if it was just a not nice one the seeds came from, but they have been fairly bland and have not cooked well into strands, more a fibrous choko like effect. So I am a bit over spaghetti squash.

I did end up using it as a pasta substitute with tomamto sauces and under curries, stir fries etc, but they were so bland it was an effort to eat them unless well covered by sauce. I did try baking them, but that was not a success, I did microwave them and ended up exploding several, leaving a cup of seeds, liquid and mush spread all over the inside of the microwave.

So I reckon the rest will end up as compost, as I can't in all conscious give the wretched things away.Even the chook hates them!

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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby betr2garden » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:54 pm

Aww, well strike one up to experience and move on??? Sorry you didn't have much luck with them. I used to get one (once in a blue fit) at Coles and it was novel to have. I can't imagine I'd want to eat 75 either.
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby Modesty » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:17 am

Yes, reckon so. It was more of an experiment in a patch of ground i was getting ready for pumpkins anyway. I'll just have to bask in the glory of the immense harvest of green tomatoes a year or so ago which made the most delicious green tomato chutney.

I did talk them up a bit with the family, and now it is a bit of a joke. Last night I was told not to apologise for a meal being spaghetti squash free. It didn't blow up in the microwave but sprayed boiling sticky liquid all over the inside instead. So the compost for the rest.

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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby flytraps » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:48 am

Sorry to hear you got a bad batch of spaghetti squash. Are you at the point you won't try them again, or will you just buy them in the store?
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Re: Spaghetti squash

Postby Modesty » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:07 am

Well, I doubt I will plant them again, but as they are going to compost I expect they will turn up again. I have potatoes that pop up all the time now, and for some reason we get pumpkins and tomatoes seed everywhere. As soon as we have moved into a house there they are!

I might try boiling them, I got lazy and was nuking them, so that might be a bit better. Still plenty out there, they are keeping quite well.

They did turn a pile of grass clippings and clay into soil, so that's one good thing. Just right for pumpkins now. Even the vines broke down quickly and are supporting a potato crop.

I think it might not have been warm enough in Melbourne to fully ripen them.

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