Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DIY Processed Pumpkin

If you can get a great deal on pumpkins, you can save a lot of money by processing them yourself instead of by pumpkin puree or pie pumpkin already in a can. If you do a large batch at once and freeze it, you can still have the convenience of ready to use pumpkin at a fraction of the cost. We got an interesting looking thing that Walmart here called a pumpkin. It doesn't really look much like a pumpkin, but tastes just the same as the big orange guys back in America. It works for us.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  • Pumpkin
  • Water

  1. Begin by cutting the pumpkin in half lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out the seeds, and save them for making roasted pumpkin seeds if desired. Scoop out the stringy center, scraping the firm flesh free of strings.
  3. This year I did something different that really worked well. I cut off the outer skin next, like peeling a cantaloupe. Then I cut the pumpkin into small pieces.
  4. Next boil the pumpkin in a pot of water on the stove top, or bake in a shallow baking dish in the oven at 350 F. With the pumpkin already peeled and chopped small, both methods seemed to only take about 20-30 minutes for the pumpikn to cook up nice and soft.
  5. After the pumpkin has cooled slightly, blend the pumpkin with a small amount of water until very smooth.
  6. Use as you would pumpkin puree or freeze for later use.


    1. After I saw your post, I knew I had to try this! Luckily my father in law gave us 3 big pumpkins, so we cut one open today, and I only did half of the pumpkin ( it was a realllllly big pumpkin, and I got sick of cutting it, lol ) and I got 8 cups of pureed pumpkin! I'm very excited. I froze 4 cups and put 4 cups in the fridge. Thanks!

    2. I'm glad it worked well for you. We love pumpkin and use it in all kinds of things, so I'll be posting more pumpkin recipes soon.


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