So many people find it difficult to prepare a butternut squash and while preparing this one for a spiced butternut squash soup I broke a peeler in the process so this is a really easy no hassle method. You can use this method to prepare any squash. I have diced the butternut squash into cubes but you can can cut it anyway you wish.
Step 1: Make the First Cuts
Take your squash and cut off the the top and bottom, cutting the bottom flat will make it much easier and safer to handle when cutting through the whole squash.
Once you have taken the top and bottom off, stand the squash up and cut straight through the centre in half, revealing the seeds inside.
Step 2: Scooping
Once your squash is in half, take a spoon and scoop out the seed and the fleshy part holding them in.
It is actually possible to eat the seeds, if you wash and toast them. They are not to dissimilar to pumpkin seeds, I can make an instructable on that if the readers request.
Step 3: Removing the Skin
To remove the skin from the squash it is easier and safer to cut the halves into smaller more manageable pieces and cutting them square stops them from moving around while handling a sharp knife.
Cut the halves into thirds and stand those pieces on end, then using the tip of you knife, make small cuts downwards, removing the skin. Do this for all the pieces.
Step 4: Dicing the Squash
Once the squash is peeled you can cut it however you like, here I diced the pieces into about 1cm cubes. Make a cut through the longest side and then parallel cuts to make the cubes. it is faster the stack the pieces on top of each other.
And there you have it, try making a butternut squash soup and roast the squash first for an extra depth of flavour.