This simple, delicious and healthy candy is the answer to two challenges that our family faces.

The first is that both of our kids, just turned 2 and 5, LOVE all things sweet. They get sugar candy as a treat every once in a while, but we hate to give them too much. This squash candy is a great compromise, being both sweet and healthy. They love it and will eat as much as you'll let them have.

The second challenge is what to do with all our winter squash. They're so easy to grow and will last for so long that they are a must have in any garden. Last year we had 30 of them without any kind of special work beyond putting the seed in the ground. However, the vegetable is usually very large, so you have to decide what to do with the whole thing each time you cut one open. You can roast them, cook them in stir-fry, make pie, etc. but you'll still be left with some of the meat. Making leather out of any left over is perfect. It's tasty and will last a long time.

We also like to add apple sauce to the recipe as we process and save a lot of apples in the Fall.

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Step 1: Puree

  1. Cut your squash (either one large or two small) into chunks. You can leave the skin on as it is a lot easier to remove once it's been cooked.
  2. Place the chunks into a large saucepan with a little water. Cover and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes or so, or until the meat is tender.
  4. Strain the water and then remove the skin.
  5. Put all the squash in the blender until smooth, in batches if necessary. You should have roughly 8 cups of puree.
  6. To get apple puree, you follow the same procedure, although it's easier to peel them before cooking, at the same time as removing the cores.
I just dehydrate the squash after processing and then grind it up and make squash powder. You use the powder as squash (rehydrate 2-1), or in soups, stews, or other cookings to up the nutritional value and even the flavor. I love squash of all kinds.
<p>Could you make flour with raw dehydrated squash slices?</p>
<p>I'm sure you could, but I'm also sure it would be gluten free so...</p><p>When you grind it, it does turn to flour of a sort...squash flour (powder), which, if your gluten free savvy, I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble using it that way. NOTE: it is sticky even when dry and powdered.</p>
<p>I do that with kale!</p>
Umm... Ok then
Sweet. Is that redundant? :) <br>
This sounds fantastic, and I really love your solar food dryer!
They look sooo yummy! can't wait to try :D
I have been thinking of vegetable leather. Now I can start with squash. Thanks for the posting.
Sounds like a fun recipe to try :)

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