Lay the squash down on its side on a cutting board and chop of the stem and about a half inch from the bottom. Cut the squash width-wise where it begins to round.
Now stand the long piece and cut it in half length wise. Do the same with the round piece and hull out the seeds and stringy bits.
Using a potato peeler, peel the squash pieces. Cut the long pieces into planks. Slice each plank into half-inch strips, then cut the strips to get half-inch cubes.
The rounded piece is thinner and can be cut into half-inch slices and then diced.
Hope this helps you enjoy more squash in your cooking!
While preparing pumpkins and squash over the last couple of months, I noticed my hands getting red and itchy afterwards, but these symptoms disappear overnight. While doing research for my ode to butternut squash, I learned that many people react this way. It is known as contact dermatitis. If you have this reaction after handling squash, you can apply cortisone cream. To prevent the reaction in the future, you could wear a pair of gloves.