Monday, November 3, 2014

How To Cook with Fresh Pumpkin

First, you will want to start with pie pumpkins.

Place them on a large tray or roaster pan.

Bake at 350* for 1 1/2 hours. 
That seems like a long time to bake, but this is the easiest way. There is no cutting into a hard pumpkin or having to peel the skin off. I like to bake them the night before I need them that way they have time to cool.

Once cooled, cut them open ( or use your hands! ). Remove the seeds and save for later if you'd like. Then scoop out the pumpkin flesh.

 I then run the pumpkin through one of my favorite kitchen appliances. Its a tomato press.

 I use it for making apple sauce, tomato sauce and pumpkin puree. It is a must have if you make any of these😀. It separates the 'good' stuff from the skin and seeds. I run the pumpkin thru, even tho it is already mush, because the press gives it a smooth texture.

...and there ya have it! Fresh, delicious pumpkin puree, ready to use in your favorite recipe!


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