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Butternut, a winter squash, is shaped like a long, large pear. Skin is beige coloured and flesh is bright orange.
Put chicken, water and celery in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook for about 25 minutes.
Scoop out butternut seeds, then peel and dice flesh; add to the chicken.
Bring back to a simmer, cover and cook until soft and tender. Lift out chicken.
Cool slightly then remove bone. Chop the chicken.
Put chicken, vegetables and a little of the cooking liquid through a mouli (vegetable mill) to purée to a smooth consistency. Or purée in a food processor.
Thin if required with remaining liquid or a little boiled water. Freeze in ice cube trays or plastic Baby Cubes with snap on lids.
Variation: Replace butternut with pumpkin or buttercup squash