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Knife for cutting acorn squash

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Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:38 pm
davdon well done
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What type of knife would you recommend for cutting acorn squash and turnips. My wife has a hard time trying to cut these and I'm no better. I want to give her a good/cheap knife for her stocking.
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Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:05 pm
jaybo medium-well
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IIRC, I watched Alton Brown and he used a big cleaver, and then wacked it on top with a mallet. I can't recall if he used anything to keep the squash from moving around. Perhaps setting it on a folded towel would make it less apt to slip.

Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:12 pm
Attrill well done
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Those are tough ones. I usually use a large cleaver on acorn squash, just work it into the squash a little bit and then pound it through with a wood mallet.

Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:18 pm
Triple Threat well done
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yeah good question. I always use my long carving knife and work it back and forth. It's probably not the best way.

Cutting butternut squash is only slightly easier.
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Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:32 pm
sacmer well done
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Yeh, those squash can be tough. I use my Wusthof 10 inch Chef knife which is pretty heavy. Work it in first in the middle of the knife then push down hard on both ends while keeping my fingers out off the way!

Post Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:40 pm
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Find a Chicago Cutlery cleaver.
The kind with a hole in the blade.
(It's for hangin' it on a nail :wink: )

They have a VERY heavy spine.
(At least ours does)

Corningware/Revere outlets and Kitchen Collection
carry them in our area.

I've seen them as low as $9.99!
Quite a piece of steel for the money.

Make a ring with a damp towel.
Put the squash in the ring.
Place the business end of the cleaver
against the squash and smack it with
a 16 oz. rubber mallet.

Works great for Acorn, Butternut (our fav!) and other
hard skinned veggies.

The spine works like a charm for cracking open coconuts!
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Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:01 am
T-Rex well done
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Would a machete work?

Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:19 am
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Oh, Yeah!!

Just do it outside!! :twisted:

Clean it up real good a beat on it with something
softer than the metal it's made from.
Last time I saw a baseball bat used.

I've seen them used to cut big green papayas
and giant mangos with great success!

Does a number on coconuts as well!

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Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:25 am

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YardBurner wrote:
Last time I saw a baseball bat used.

I've seen them used to cut big green papayas
and giant mangos with great success!

Does a number on coconuts as well!

-YB


I hate when somebody hits my coconut with a baseball bat.
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Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:41 am
Attrill well done
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The more I think about it - maybe what your wife really needs is a good band saw :lol:

Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:15 am
Griffin well done
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Sawzall will get it done! I love power tools. :twisted:

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Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:03 pm

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This is starting to sound like a Gallagher show. How would he open the Acorn squash? Keep the ideas coming.
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Post Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:06 pm
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