How to Buy Spaghetti Squash

by Sommer Leigh

Close-up of cooked spaghetti squash pasta on a plate.

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Buy spaghetti squash for a naturally gluten-free substitute for pasta or to serve as a vegetable side dish. Spaghetti squash contains only 37 calories per 4 oz. serving. It has no fat or cholesterol and is a source of potassium, manganese, fiber, niacin, and vitamins C and B-6. Selecting fresh spaghetti squash ensures the best quality in flavor. The squash should store for several months without spoiling when you select a fresh specimen.

Look for average sized squashes about 8 to 9 inches long and 4 to 5 inches in diameter. Smaller squashes may lack in flavor, while larger squashes may have developed too many fibers, making the squash tough.

Hold the squash in your hand to make sure it feels hard and has no soft spots.

Look for squashes with an even, pale yellow color. Squashes with any spots of green are immature.

Tips

  • Store spaghetti squash at room temperature for up to 1 month.

    After cutting the squash, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 2 days.

    Freeze cooked spaghetti squash in a freezer-safe container or bag for longer storage.

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About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.