When the weather cools, winter squashes are a favorite go-to for comfort foods. With it’s sweet, nutty flavor, butternut squash is always a fan favorite.
Whether you prefer your butternut squash caramelized with a drizzle of syrup or in a comforting soup, sometimes these large, thick-skinned squashes can seem daunting to tackle.
And we know that peeling it can be a pain – that’s why we made this article to help you find the best vegetable peeler for butternut squash.
Looking for one?
Then you’re in the right place! We have all the info you need to peel and prepare the perfect butternut squash, our top picks for peelers included…
Butternut Squash Vegetable Peeler Reviews
This handy little peeler, though neither impressive nor electrical, will get the job done. It has sharp stainless steel blades that are perfect for cutting through the thick skin of butternut squash. Its small size won’t take up any counter space as you can simply toss it in the utensil drawer.
- Dishwasher safe
- Its small size requires little storage space
- Ergonomic design is gentle on arthritis
- Dual blades make for smooth, easy peeling
- It’s handheld, so of course it is going to require some manual effort
- Some complained about water getting trapped in the handle during cleaning
- Those super sharp blades have cut a few fingers, so be careful!
If you’re looking for something that will do a little more of the hard work for you AND you have a stand mixer, this may be just the thing you’re looking for. It is designed to fit all household KitchenAid stand mixers and it comes with a variety of blades that will work with a variety of vegetables. It includes three spiraling blades, three slicing blades, and a peeling blade.
- The blades are dishwasher safe
- Uses electric power so you don’t have to work as hard
- It can be used not just for peeling, but also spiralizing and slicing
- The body is not dishwasher safe
- You need to have a Kitchenaid stand mixer
- Customers had trouble using it on tough root vegetables like beets and turnips
As a larger, thicker-skinned vegetable, butternut squashes require larger blades and this little, handheld guy has an extra-long blade that is perfect for the task. The blade is easily replaceable, but replacement cartridges are sold separately.
- It has a longer blade for better maneuvering
- Extra sharp so that it works great on thick-skinned vegetables
- The blade is easily replaceable
- Small so that it requires little storage space
- It is handheld so it’ll require work on your part
- Some people have complained that is uncomfortable to use
- There are a few complaints about it breaking easily
If your primary struggle with finding a good peeler is finding one that works for your left-handed grip or is gentle on your arthritis, this versatile peeler will tilt, rotate, and adjust to fit every grip and every hand. Its ceramic blade means you won’t be tossing it out in a few months for rusting and it will stay sharp longer.
- Dishwasher safe for easy clean-up
- Ceramic blade to stay sharper longer
- Rotates to a vertical, horizontal, and 45-degree position
- Adjusts for left or right-handed peeling
- Some users who had difficulty locking it into place complained that it swiveled and moved TOO much
If you want a peeler that will make your dishes a little fancy, this is the gadget you’ve you been looking for. This spiralizer will really jazz up your food presentation or help you make healthy vegetable substitutes for carb and calorie-loaded pasta.
- It’s easy to change out the blades (slide and snap)
- Comes with 7 blades: 2 mm angel hair blade, 3mm fine shredding blade, 5 mm coarse shredding blade, 5.5 mm curly fry blade, flat blade, fine wavy blade, and coarse wavy blade
- It comes loaded with bonuses! (A printed color user manual, an online quick-start guide with demo videos, and 4 exclusive Spiralizer Recipe Ebooks)
- It’s bulky so it will either take up counter or pantry space.
- Some users complained about its inability to stick in place on their wooden or stainless steel countertops – in fact, the company does that that it will stick best onto granite, quartz, glass or other non-porous surfaces.
What to Consider When Buying a Peeler for Butternut Squash
(Or even no grip.)
Do you prefer a handheld or electric?
If you prefer handheld, you’re going to pay attention to certain things (especially if you’re left-handed or have arthritis.)
- Does it have an ergonomic grip? An ergonomic grip means it will be gentle on arthritic hands.
- Can it be used both left and right-handed? Lefties will want to look for this.
- Does it have a “no slip” grip? This “no slip” grip will make for easier peeling overall.
Perhaps, you’d prefer not to grip at all. Then you’ll want to choose an electric peeler.
You don’t want to buy a peeler and then have to buy one again in a couple of months. Try to choose one that will last, even if it costs a little more. It will be cheaper in the long run.
Why is there such a difference in price?
Companies that charge a lower price are assured that you will be buying another one in a few months. It’s called planned obsolescence. It means that they won’t run out of customers.
If a company charges more, it is because they use higher quality materials and because they must cover the cost of selling fewer products – those that last a long time.
Type of Blades
Some blades are metal and some are ceramic, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
While metal blades can be sharpened for a better cut, they can also rust or dull. A ceramic blade cannot be sharpened, but it will never rust.
Some peelers offer a variety of blades for different cuts, like slicing, shredding, creating waves or spiralizing. Be sure to think about if you will want to be able to use your peeler for slicing or spiralizing.
Choosing to buy from a well-established brand will mean that the product is likely to be more durable. People continue to buy from them after all!
If the brand name is familiar to you, that is probably a good sign that the product will be durable.
Style of Peeler
There are so many peelers to choose from that range from simple handheld tools to multi-functional electrical machines.
Bulkier peelers may provide more functions, but they will also need to take up real estate on your countertop or in your pantry.
Choose a peeler that suits your style. If minimalism is important to you, you may want to get a handheld one that will fit easily in the utensil drawer.
Remember the old adage: “you get what you pay for.” While one peeler may be cheaper now, if you have to buy another peeler in a couple of months, you’re not really saving money. If you’ll be using it often, choose the best one you can get for the amount of money you are able to spend. If something seems like a really great deal, you may want to look again.
Tips for Preparing Butternut Squash
Tip 1: Pick a good one.
Selecting the perfect squash is as important to taste as the way in which you choose to prepare it. Here are some things to look for:
- Select a butternut squash that is heavy in your hands. If it’s too light, it still needs to ripen some more.
- Check the stem. You want a butternut squash with a full stem that is firm and intact. It will last longer.
- Be sure to turn it over to verify that it has no moldy spots hiding anywhere on it.
Tip 2: Stick it in the microwave.
This is quite the nifty trick. Microwaving your butternut squash for a few minutes will soften it enough for you to be able to easily peel it.
- Get stabby and puncture the skin of the squash all over with a fork.
- Slice off both ends of your squash.
- Microwave the squash for about 3½ minutes to soften the skin.
- Let it cool and then peel away the skin with your vegetable peeler. Voila! Easy peasy.
Tip 3: Take it in pieces for easy peeling.
Don’t really care for microwaves? Another way to make the peeling easier on yourself is to chop it up into a few different pieces. Here are the steps for tackling this task:
- Slice through the narrow neck of the squash to separate it from the bottom section.
- Cut the bottom portion of the squash into rings. This will make for easier peeling.
- Be sure to scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp inside the squash with a spoon.
Tip 4: Pair it perfectly to enhance the flavor.
Selecting the rights spices and wine pairing will really take your butternut squash to the next level. Here are our recommendations:
- Recommended wines
- Pinot Grigio
- Chenin Blanc
- Suggested spices
- For savory dishes: cumin, paprika, sage, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric
- For sweet dishes: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg,
Tip 5: Use the right amount of time for your preferred cooking method.
Not sure how long to cook your squash? Here is your handy-dandy cooking time guide for however you want to cook your squash. Grab your spices and get creative.
- Stir-Fry: squash is done when tender when pierced.
- Bake: 400 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes, uncovered.
- Microwave: Cut the product in half and microwave for 10 -12 minutes.
- Boil: Cut into chunks and boil 7 – 9 minutes.
- Steam: Cube and steam for 6 – 8 minutes.
- Roast: 400 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes.
Tip 6: Treat it like a baked potato.
- Cut your butternut squash in half and pierce it with a fork.
- Place the butternut squash in a baking pan.
- Cook the butternut squash in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
- Top your squash with your favorite pairing of toppings. We suggest non-dairy butter, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Tip 7: Mash it up.
- Cut the butternut squash into four pieces.
- Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
- Peel the skin off each quarter.
- Cook butternut squash in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes until the squash is soft.
- Mix the squash in a food processor or blender, or mash with a potato masher until it is smooth.
Tip 8: Peel it safely when using a handheld peeler.
- Start with the outside edges of the squash – by trimming off the ends, you’re creating two flat surfaces on which to work.
- Always cut your butternut squash vertically, because it will require fewer cuts.
- Peel the squash in the direction away from yourself to void injury.
If you cook a lot of vegetables and you enjoy making impressive and Instagramable dishes, you may want to get one of the fancier and more versatile electric peelers. If you just want to take the skin off, a handheld will get the job done.