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ken gray
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I keep having problems with my squash going bad in winter. what's the best way of keeping them from molding and rotting in a 54-58 degree dry basement?
 
Mike Magin
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What kind of squash? I've only stored significant quantities of Waltham Butternut.
I wash them off to remove any dirt and then wipe them down with drugstore hydrogen peroxide (3%).
I then store them in the house at a dry 60-70F. Separated so they're not touching and sitting on something like scrap cardboard.

They last until May usually.
 
ken gray
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spaghetti mostly but also butternut.
 
Lane Morgan
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Sphagetti squash is not a particularly good keeper, so use it first. It doesn't hold its flavor very well either, which is another reason to eat it soon. For the butternuts, I second Mike, though I haven't used the hydrogen peroxide--not a bad idea though. Winter squash like warmer temps than most storage vegetables and they prefer low humidity. I keep mine up near the ceiling on top of my kitchen cabinets.
 
Alder Burns
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I think you've got them too cool. Winter squash and sweet potatoes usually spend the winter under my bed, and my bedroom rarely goes below 60 even though it is far away from the stove....
 
Jordan Lowery
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it depends on squash, i grow more than a few kinds. the one that stores the longest is one ive been selecting for. stores for two years and still great to eat. easy to dry farm here in california and very tasty flesh. butternut squash stores well.

i store mine in a cooler room, never goes above 70, never goes below 45f.
 
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