questionshelp! need to know what to do with mutant squash…


Do you have a catapult and pesky neighbors? If the answer is yes, then launch the gourds at them. Watch them weave and dodge as you laugh maniacally at them.

(Please use annoying commercial voice for dramatic effect)


I prefer crookneck squash to the zucchini, myself. Slice it, steam it, and serve with butter on the side. Chop it up and stir fry with other summer vegetables. It might make an interesting bread as well. Yellow crookneck squash is not mutant; I've had squash decide to cross pollinate with cucumber. Now THAT was mutant. Nasty, and weird looking. Stupid promiscuous bees.

[Edit] Ignore bad and wasteful advice from the newlywed.


Other than my comment above I have no real clue what to do with them. Try, they might be able to point you to a recipe that has them in it.

[Edit] Shrdlu is right. Ignore me.


In addition, crookneck is very high in vitamin A (much more than the zucchini, and more than the cross bred yellow-skinned zucchini).


@sgoman5674: Nobody should ignore you. You are a pretty nice guy, and funny too. Have you not tried crookneck squash? It's pretty common. It's slightly more expensive, or else priced the same, when in season (in the grocery store). I may even have a nice soup recipe for it somewhere (it has ginger root in it, too).


Thanks for the advice!

@sgoman5674: I would love to follow your advice but then I would be subjected to many hours of the neighbor using all sorts of power yard tools to deal with the mess. He already spends all day Saturday power washing, mowing, and leaf blowing (all year long) and I can not stand any additional minutes of the constant drone.

@shrdlu: I would love the soup recipe, if you can find it, as I simply adore anything that has ginger. I will also take up your suggestion to steam it and stir-fry it.

Anyone want to come to dinner?


@lynnaux: sounds like folks will be getting lots of crookneck squash bread this season. Don't forget the mail man and other delivery people. Time to hand out quick bread to all your neighbors, too. Make something and take it to a local church for the staff, same with a local school they will love you. Put chocolate chips in it.


@shrdlu: I happen to like most squash except for zucchini. For some odd reason the texture of it disturbs me. I LOVE squash soup. I need to make some for my wife. Maybe I will do it this Sunday assuming I find a good recipe. Could you send me yours?


If you simply cannot use it all, the local food bank would be a good spot to donate it.


@lynnaux: Slice it length wise in 1/4-1/2" slices, spray lightly with oil, season with Lawry's or a simple salt/pepper/garlic powder mixture and grill, baby, grill. Zucchini and green peppers are also excellent this way.

This recipe was a staple in my house growing up: My mom also had another one that called for sour cream and cream of chicken soup along with the cheddar cheese.


@lavikinga: My mom does that with all of her veggies. She also took acorn squash, halved it and put butter, sugar and cinnamon on it and baked it until soft. It was delicious.


@lynnaux (et alia): I'm a bit distracted today, but here's a link to a recipe that differs from mine ONLY in the fact that I use sour cream (and less of it) than the light cream this calls for. The interwebs just have everything, you know?

How amazing to see this; I suppose the original recipe had to come from somewhere. Perhaps I got it out of a newspaper, long ago.


I can't stand squash. Any of it. The only good thing to do is to listen to @sgoman5674 's initial advice.

But since you already said you can't do it. Then soupify it, freeze it, and store it in your fallout shelter for when you are willing to eat virtually anything. :)


Does it look like this?

I like the first recipe from @shrdlu. Love that butter. I might add a little salt, salted butter may be enough to activate the taste buds. But taste it first. It is best, when prepared fresh from the garden.

More recipes.


Personally, I think you should turn it against the zombifide radishes.

Then, while they're fighting it out in the middle of the night you can sneak up unnoticed. Pump that shotgun full of rock salt and whip up a tasty dip!


Sorry for the delay in my response but I was traveling. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

@bsalusa: Yes, it does look like your first link. I am perusing your link to find additional uses for it.

@shrdlu: Thanks for the link to the soup recipe. I will be making this with some of my bounty

@klozitshoper: Some of the vegetables from the garden do go to the food bank. My daughter even donated some of the plants for a church to plant for the food bank.


@lavikinga: This sounds good. The best part is that all grilling is the responsibility of my son so I can eat great food and not have to do the work! Thanks!


Less charitable but maybe more amusing than donating... Sell them in mystery boxes! :)


I'm just going to add - make sure you harvest them while that are under 6 inches. In this case, bigger in NOT better.


@lynnaux: That is great. Just thought I would mention it, because in times past, fresh fruit & vegetables were not usually taken to the food banks for fear of spoilage - especially the distribution areas.


@klozitshoper: Valid concern. A "soup kitchen" would probably be better. I am not sure if they are still called that. If you contact your local food bank, they can direct you where to drop your perishables off.


@klozitshoper: Our local food bank does accept the fresh produce. Actually, they encourage all gardeners to "Plant A Row" for them each year so it is a nice way to handle "too much" of a good thing!