When buying summer Squashes be sire to find small firm squashes. You want to look for zucchinni or summer squashes that are under six inches. Squash is freshest when its is bright with a glossy skin. Avoid the nicks and bruised squash as it is likely to begin decaying.
The best way to keep your squash fresh is by storing it in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. Storing it in a bag it will stay fresh up to a week.
Preparing Summer Squash
Start with the ends slicing the tip of each end off. Squash is best when cut into 1/4 inch slices suteeing in extra virgin olive oil for 1-2 minutes.
Favorite Uses for Summer Squash:
Our favorites are using squash in pasta and Italian dishes. Our favorite way to prepare summer squash is sauteed with fresh garlic, onions, tomatoes, oregano and parsley in extra virgin olive oil. As squash cooks quick be sure to cook them only 1-2 minutes. With squash you really just want to warm them so they soften slightly but they should still be crisp and have a snap to them. If they are overcooked they will become too soft and rather unpleasant. Avoiding overcooking will also keep the nutritional value intact.