Shelf Life of
Winter Squash

How Long Does Winter Squash Last?

How Long Does Squash Last?

Winter Squash Life

How long does spaghetti squash last? How long does butternut squash last? Winter squash comes in a variety of names, shapes and sizes but what they all have in common are picked later giving them a hard, thick skin (inedible), hard seeds (which actually make them a fruit by the way) and must be cooked much longer than their cousins (summer squash). They are all a great source of vitamins A and C, iron and riboflavin. Among the most common varieties of winter squashes are Spaghetti squash, Butternut squash and Acorn squash with each being very different in texture and flavor. Also in this category are Hubbard, Delicata, Calabaza, Spaghetti, Kabocha and Sugar Pumpkin. The best picks at the market in this winter squash category are the heavy ones.

The shelf life of winter squash is tricky because there is no sell by date, use by date or best before date attached anywhere to winter squash. For eat by date purposes, the sell by date is the date that the squash was purchased.

So, how long does spaghetti squash last? When properly stored, the shelf life of winter squash past their date purchased is approximately …

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Fresh Winter Squash lasts for 1-3 Months 1-3 Months
Fresh Spaghetti Squash lasts for 1-3 Months 1-3 Months
Fresh Butternut Squash lasts for 1-3 Months 1-3 Months
Chopped/Sliced Fresh Winter Squash lasts for 2-5 Days
Cooked Spaghetti Squash lasts for 5-7 Days
Cooked Butternut Squash lasts for 5-7 Days
Other Cooked Winter Squash lasts for 5-7 Days

Winter squash includes acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, delicata squash, hubbard squash, kabocha squash, turban squash, sweet dumpling squash, and of course all types of pumpkins. Prepared winter squash also freezes well and keeps for about 6-8 months in the freezer.

How to tell if winter squash is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Winter squash will begin to get soft and then begin to leak liquid when they are going bad. They may also begin to mold, at which point they have gone bad and you will want to throw them out. It’s also important to note that fresh vegetables loose nutrients each day that they sit on the shelf. So fresh not only tastes better, but is better for you. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store winter squash to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Winter squash (actually grown in the summer but most often consumed in the fall or early winter) keeps great in a cool dark place like the pantry.

Keeping winter squash in the refrigerator makes them last only a tiny bit longer but alters the flavor and texture so is actually not recommended.

For a long term option, cooked squash freezes great for 6-8 months (but raw squash does not freeze well).

For cooking instructions see how to cook spaghetti squash.

For the secret to peeling a butternut squash, follow our step by step instructions.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is winter squash good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does fresh squash last? That depends. How long does salad last? In general, squash will last as long as the quickest expiring food in the prepared dish. To find out how long the other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search the table below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content for how long does spaghetti squash last and how long does butternut squash last along with all other winter squash shelf life incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of winter squash.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!