October 3, 2012

Tip of the Day

Cooking Fresh Pumpkin

You need to first choose a pie or sugar sweet pumpkin.  Wash it and then cut in half crosswise.  Remove the seeds and the strings.  (This is where your children might want to help!)  Place it in a pan, shell side up.  Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour or more, depending on size, until it is tender and begins to fall apart.  Scrape the pulp from the shell and put it through a ricer, strainer or blender.

Here is another way to cook fresh pumpkin and it is the only way that I have tried.  Wash your pumpkin first.  Then cut the top off and scrape out the pulp and seeds.

Cut pumpkin into about 4" pieces and place in a large pot of boiling water.

Cover and cook until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.

When it is cool, peel the outer skin and then mash it with a potato masher or you can put it through a ricer, strainer or blender.

If not using within a day or two, freeze it.  I typically will freeze it in half or full cup size servings and put in a baggie or sealed container.  Just unthaw before using.  My particular pumpkin made 4 - 1 cup servings.

I told you it wasn't very complicated!  :)

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