One of the toughest veggies to spiralize is the hard-fleshed butternut squash. Packed full of vitamins A, B-6, C and E, potassium, magnesium, thiamin, niacin, folate and calcium, along with sweet potatoes this is a food that brings way more nutrition to the table than plain pasta, rice or white potatoes!
We will give you some tips on how to best get this gourd ready to be spiralized and stored, followed by our review of the best 2 manual and electric spiralizers that will work well with this tricky squash.
How to spiralize and store your butternut squash:
To spiralize your butternut squash:
- Trim the ends and peel the entire squash. A sharp paring knife is the best tool for the job.
- Cut the bulbous section from the narrower section. If it is a very large squash, you may want to halve the thin section so you have two shorter cylinders that will be easier to manage.
- Center and attach a prepared section to your spiralizer, and follow the instructions provided with your model.
- You are ready to cook or store your squash!
To store spiralized butternut squash:
- Refrigeration: Place in an airtight container with just enough water to cover and a teaspoon of lemon juice to prevent browning. Keeps for up to 3 days. Drain well before cooking.
- Dehydrate: Soak your spirals in some half lemon juice, half water for 30 minutes. Drain and dry using a paper towel. Using a food dehydrator or your oven set to “Warm” or below 200°, bake until dry. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
- Freeze: Spread your spirals evenly on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Move to freezer safe containers and store for up to 6 months.
Features to pay attention to with spiralizers:
- Versatility: Be thinking about what kinds of slicing you want to do with your spiralizer and choose a model that will fit all of your needs. For example, if you want to make home baked roasted veggie chips, be sure you get a model that has a wide ribbon attachment.
- Quality: Strong blades, durable construction and a powerful motor (for electric models) are all important features to look for in a quality spiralizer. We have done the research for you. Our review only includes well-made gear that you can count on.
- Manual or Electric: There is a bit of a price difference between manual and electric spiralizers. The manual versions tend to be slightly less expensive, but do beware that butternut squash has hard flesh and can be difficult to get through. Many will find the electric models worth the extra cost to save time and hassle.
- Clearance: In addition to being notoriously tough to slice, butternut squash is also a wide vegetable. Some spiralizers are great with zucchini, but have slender feeding tubes that won’t accommodate the width of butternut squash. All of the models we have featured have the clearance you need for spiralizing this ample gourd.
Best manual spiralizers for butternut squash:
If you are looking for a manual spiralizer that can handle cutting through the hard flesh of butternut squash, this is a top contender. You will need to put in some effort, however, that is true for any manual model. Because of the extremely sharp and durable steel blades and excellent design of the Brieftons spiralizer, the operation stays smooth, even on tough jobs.
If you plan to keep your spiralizer on the counter, keep in mind that this model is a little larger than some other options. It does, however, have convenient blade storage built in, keeping this appliance looking neat when not in use.
- Excellent price!
- Stainless steel blades made from 420-grade hardened steel.
- 5 blade options including small to large spirals as well as a wide ribbon blade.
- Wide clearance, perfect for wide veggies like butternut squash.
- Powerful suction cups built in to keep the unit secure during tough jobs.
- Manufacturers guarantee for a lifetime – no hassle replacement.
- All manual spiralizers require a degree of wrist and hand strength to operate on hard vegetables.
- No collection bowl included.
- Two hand operation.
- The design of this model is a little larger than some other models.
Another great manual spiralizer to consider for butternut squash is this model by trusted name in kitchen gadgets: OXO. They have been specializing in designing ergonomically optimized gear for the home kitchen for almost three decades. The attention to both form and function make this model a popular choice.
The price tag on this model is at the higher end of manual spiralizers, although smooth operation and quality construction put it at the top of it’s class. It has the three essential blades you need: thin and thick spiral cut plus a wide ribbon blade to make homemade vegetable chips and fancy garnishes.
- Powerful suction cup bottom keeps this model steady on tough jobs.
- Simple to use and clean – a great choice for those new to spiralizing.
- 3 blades cover the basics – thin and thick spirals and wide ribbon cut.
- Blade caddy and folding design make for convenient storage.
- Easy to clean – dishwasher safe.
- Full replacement or refund manufacturer guarantee.
- A bit pricier than some other manual models.
- Like other manual models, you will need strong hands and wrists to get through butternut squash.
- No collection bowl.
- Two hand operation.
Best electric spiralizers for butternut squash:
Unfortunately, many of the choices in electric spiralizers make use of narrow feeding tubes, reducing their use for application on wide fruits and veggies. Instead, the EverKing uses a similar style to side-to-side manual models, and offers plenty of clearance. If you want an electric spiralizer to use on butternut squash, this is a fantastic selection.
Frankly, the price on this model is less than $10 more than most crank operated spiralizers. If you plan on using it often, this model will pay for the difference quickly – saving you time and aggravation every time you use it on tough veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets or gourds.
Those on Paleo, low-carb or gluten-free diets will get a lot out of this reliable kitchen appliance!
The main downside of this model is that it will require a little disassembly to clean thoroughly, although it does include a catch tray which will cut down on some clean up during use. Expect to set aside some counter or pantry space for this heavy-duty spiralizer.
- Fantastic price for an electric spiralizer.
- Includes 3 blades for thick and thin spaghetti cuts, plus fancy, continuous ribbon cuts.
- Plenty of clearance for wide veggies like butternut squash.
- Cutlery grade steel blades and tough ABS construction for long lasting durability and sharpness.
- Powerful 120V motor to make quick work of tough veggies like butternut squash.
- Guarantees: 30-day money back plus 2 years limited manufacturers warranty.
- Will require some disassembly to clean.
- Larger than some other models, taking up more space for storage.
Our final review of spiralizers well suited for butternut squash is the attachment for a Kitchen Aid mixer. Although it is a relatively steep investment, if you are one of those folks that loves top-of-the-line kitchen gear, this is your best bet.
Chances are, you may already have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. If so, you know that this is professional grade gear for the home cook. They have an excellent reputation for building high-end gear.
The motors on these machines are far more powerful than any stand-alone spiralizer available for home use. In addition, you will never have to worry about where you can find a replacement blade since this brand has stayed remarkably consistent over the years.
If your budget allows, and you already have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, this is our top choice for your electric spiralizing needs. Hands-down!
- Extremely powerful motor to get through any tough veggies.
- Reliable name you can trust.
- Solid metal construction with dishwasher safe blades.
- 5 blades: small and medium spiralizer, two ribboning blades and a peeling blade.
- Full, no hassle, replacement guarantee for a full year.
- The mixers themselves are a costly investment, meant to last a lifetime. The blade attachments are pricier than most stand alone spiralizers.
- A little bit of a learning curve to master using this gear.
We hope this review gets you started in the right direction if you plan on adding veggie spirals to your meals. Remember that not all spiralizers are built to handle the hard flesh of butternut squash or carrots, so don’t get fooled into purchasing a model with a small feeding tube, or lacking quality blades that are strong enough for the job!