Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree

A friend gave us a small pumpkin from his garden and inspired me to do a tutorial (mostly for myself) on how to make pumpkin puree from scratch. Start with small pie pumpkins. cut off the top and halve the pumpkin.

Remove the seeds and soft inner parts. Slice the pumpkin, then peel each slice. Now cut the pumpkin into chunks. Place the chunks in a large pot.

Cover the pumpkin with water and bring to a boil on the stove top. Continue simmering until tender, about 25 minutes.

The pumpkin will look darker in color now. Drain in a colander.

Place cooked pumpkin in blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth.

Use immediately in any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree; or, pour into a Ziplock bag or other container and freeze for later use.

I can't wait until October rolls around and the cool weather necessitates pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Other favorite pumpkin recipes/suggestions?

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