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Post by Ploshkin on 21st December 2016, 2:23 pm

Disappointingly, my winter squashes are not storing well (in the prison). I have had to throw 4 of the sweet dumplings away. The problem with those seems to be around the stem where there is a dip - perhaps they would be better stored upside down. I should have checked them a bit more frequently as they wouldn't have been entirely wasted if I had caught them when it started. I've just made some soup from on of my Uchiki Kuris & cut out the bit that was starting to go. I think I will have to do something with the remaining ones after Christmas & soup or freeze them.

I had read somewhere that undercover grown squashes didn't store as well as outdoor grown ones. I don't need to worry about storing outdoor grown ones as I never get more than one or two so no need to store anything.

I will have to try something different next year, perhaps somewhere warmer like the boiler shed. I have read too that some people wipe them over or dip them in a bleach solution before storage.
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Post by FloBear on 21st December 2016, 3:54 pm

Ooh, squash and bleach - yummy!
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Post by Chilli-head on 21st December 2016, 4:41 pm

I read somewhere - I can't remember where - that squashes are best stored in a warm place, like the kitchen. This seemed unlikely to me, but I had noticed that in the garage, which is cool, they did get damp with condensation. So for the last few years, I have been wiping them clean and drying well, then sitting them in a (rather decorative) line along the top of the eye-level cupboards in the kitchen. Works well with butternuts, not so well with pumpkins. Watch out for putrid pumpkin juice leaking into the cupboards below Embarassed The butternuts lasted until spring.
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Post by Ploshkin on 21st December 2016, 5:36 pm

Assuming I get some again next year I might try some in the kitchen where it is consistently 20c + and some in the boiler shed where it is warm because the boiler is lit every day in winter.
I don't think the bleach is as yuk as it sounds because you let the skins cure first so they are impervious.
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Post by Chilli-head on 21st December 2016, 8:17 pm

A lot of people seem to eat bagged salads which have been washed with sodium hypochlorite (aka bleach) without complaint. Best avoided mind, those bagged salads, not because of the bleach but because of the bacteria that survive it. I'm sure people like us have little use for them anyway Very Happy
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Post by Dandelion on 21st December 2016, 9:27 pm

When my children were young, some gave my son a gardening set for Christmas, and in the following year he managed to grow two superb pumpkins. He wasn't very keen on the idea of eating them though, so I left them in our (cool) conservatory. As winter came and the conservatory got colder, I forgot to check on them, until one day when I noticed that something odd was happening. The pumpkins had gone completely rotten and had changed shape like something out of a Salvador Dali painting. They were oozing and dripping over the side of the table they were on, and were in the process of losing their innards into the gaps in the top of a convector heater. It's not a mistake I've repeated...

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Post by FloBear on 22nd December 2016, 7:57 pm

That sounds very sticky, Dandelion!
I don't eat bagged salad as a rule - bloomin' pricey aside from the bleach.
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Post by freebird on 22nd December 2016, 10:07 pm

We do eat bagged salad - never used to, but once I had started growing my own salad leaves, I found just plain old lettuce a bit boring. So I use bags to add variety and flavour, when I haven't any of my own. However, the washed leaves keep a very short time. There is one brand in our ginormous supermarket that are unwashed. So those are now the ones I buy - wash them myself, and find they keep far longer than the others.
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Post by FloBear on 23rd December 2016, 5:11 pm

That's worth knowing, Freebird. Like you I find plain lettuce a little tame. Mind you, our local supermarkets don't count as ginormous.
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