I swear I read in Cook’s Illustrated magazine that a good way to open a winter squash is to put them into a plastic bag and drop onto the floor from chest height.
I can’t have made that up, can I? But I checked the last few issues and didn’t see that particular tip.
Either I saw the tip somewhere else or my CI filing system (jammed into a drawer with an occasional stickie note to remind me which recipes I wanted to try) is failing me.
I bought this beautiful Blue Ballet squash so I could try the tip.
When I was standing there I felt like I was being mean to it.
I dropped it and it made the same sound a flat basketball makes when you try to bounce it. It bounced a couple inches off the ground.
I tried again and the same thing happened.
The first photo is what it looked like after I dropped it.
I took the squash back inside and used the old giant knife and mallet trick.
This thing is delicious.