Short-term Storage of Yellow Squash

Yellow squash is a summer squash that requires the same short-term storage of squashes such as zucchini and pattypan. Proper refrigerator storage will reward you with tasty, colorful, and delicious squash.


Which Yellow Squash to Store

The term “yellow squash” usually refers to the straightneck and crookneck summer varieties; however, there are yellow zucchini and pattypan squashes also. Besides the shape, there are some differences. Straightneck and crookneck varieties best for storing will have these characteristics:

  • Heavy for its size
  • Firm
  • No soft spots, nicks, or bruises
  • Fresh and green stem end
  • Bigger at bottom than top
  • Eight inches or less in length

The ideal yellow squash grows quickly on thriving plants. Daily check and pick ripe squash: this will stimulate the plant to produce more.

Where to Store Yellow Squash

Yellow squash must be stored in the refrigerator. The ideal spot is in the front of the crisper drawer. Items in the back of any area in a refrigerator tend to freeze. All summer squashes can freeze easily, affecting the quality.

How to Store Yellow Squash

The fresh quality of yellow squash is best preserved if it is stored in a plastic bag. One end of the bag should remain open. Do not use water to clean the squash until you are ready to eat it or long-term preserve it. Water on the squash before storing it can promote rot and mold.

How Long Can Yellow Squash Be Stored

Preventing rot and mold on your stored yellow squash can be a challenge. Most yellow squash will not rot or develop mold for one to two weeks under the proper conditions; although, the sooner you eat the squash the better the flavor and nutrition.

Unless you grow your own squash, there is usually no chance of knowing when the squash was picked. This gives you more reasons to prepare it sooner. Store the squash with an unknown harvest date no more than three days and then prepare to eat, freeze, pickle, or dehydrate it.

How to Prepare Yellow Squash

Since yellow squash plants are usually so prolific, it is important to learn to prepare the squash in different ways. Yellow squash can be prepared by the same methods other summer squash can be prepared. Here are the methods of preparation:

  • Bake
  • Boil or blanch
  • Microwave
  • Steam
  • Stir-fry
  • Barbeque

With all the ways of preparation, there is no reason to get bored with meals containing yellow squash. Remember that yellow squash can be substituted for any summer squash listed as an ingredient in recipes. The possibilities for a great dish or dessert are endless.