# Help! Recipe question

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If a recipe calls for 3 pounds of squash, peeled and cubed, does this refer to the squash weight prior to peeling?

I'm asking because I prefer to bake mine, scoop out and then mix it in with other ingredients rather than peel and cube.

Thanks.

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but I honestly think it doesn't matter (my educated guess would be after peeling) but I don't think that a few ounces either way should matter in most vegetable recipes. How likely is it that you would end up w/ exactly 3lbs w/o trying really hard?

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It refers to the squash weight before peeling and cubing.

The word order is important in a recipe. If a recipe says 1 cup of nuts, chopped that means you measure the shelled nuts first, then chop them. If it says 1 cup of chopped nuts that means you chop the nuts before you measure them.

Similarly, 1 cup of sifted flour means you sift the flour before measuring it. 1 cup of flour, sifted, means you measure the flour first, then sift it.

So 3 pounds of squash, peeled and cubed means that you weigh the squash first, then peel and cube it.

Luckily there are very few recipes in which these distinctions actually matter, in my experience.

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Wow -- you're good! Thanks so much.

It refers to the squash weight before peeling and cubing.

The word order is important in a recipe. If a recipe says 1 cup of nuts, chopped that means you measure the shelled nuts first, then chop them. If it says 1 cup of chopped nuts that means you chop the nuts before you measure them.

Similarly, 1 cup of sifted flour means you sift the flour before measuring it. 1 cup of flour, sifted, means you measure the flour first, then sift it.

So 3 pounds of squash, peeled and cubed means that you weigh the squash first, then peel and cube it.

Luckily there are very few recipes in which these distinctions actually matter, in my experience.

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