Happy Saturday! Almost everyone at this time of year has a pumpkin or two in their house. So I thought I would share a tip on How to Prepare Pumpkin for Recipes. It’s a little tricky (pun intended) 🙂 but the hardest part is cutting up the pumpkin and cleaning out the slimy stuff inside, after that it’s pretty easy.
Follow my steps and you will have some delicious pumpkin puree for your favorite pumpkin recipes too!
I’m not going to sugar coat this, a pumpkin is difficult to cut up. But, I wrestled this one down and came out the winner. Sweet victory!
Remove the seeds and slimy stuff inside (no wonder it’s a Halloween icon). Place it in a large pot and add enough water to cover the pumpkin.
Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is fork tender.
Drain and allow to cool. Note: You can also save the pumpkin broth for soup recipes.
Easily scoop out the soft pumpkin with a spoon and place the pumpkin back into the pot.
Here, the skins are all removed and it’s ready to puree.
Using a hand mixer, start on low speed and blend until combined. Then beat on medium-high speed until very smooth, about a minute.
Both pumpkin purees in the picture above are 100% pumpkin. There is a big difference in color but they both work well in recipes. Source: Baking with Pumpkin. Making pumpkin puree was a big job, but it was kind of fun too. I have to say, I will definitely appreciate a can of pumpkin much more than before. Stay tuned for my next recipe where I use my yummy pumpkin puree. I promise it will be super moist & delicious! Have you ever made fresh pumpkin puree?
How to Prepare Pumpkin for Recipes
- (1) 3 – 4 pound pie pumpkin (Pie pumpkins are smaller and sweeter for baking)
- Serrated knife
- Cutting board
- Large pot with lid
- Hand Mixer with Beaters
- Wash your pumpkin to remove any dirt.
- Carefully cut the pumpkin into approximately 2″ pieces. Note: I found a serrated knife worked a little better.
- Remove the seeds and slimy stuff inside.
- Place the pieces in a large pot and add enough water to cover the pumpkin.
- Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is fork tender.
- Drain and allow to cool. Note: You can also save the pumpkin broth for soup recipes.
- Easily scoop out the soft pumpkin with a spoon and place the pumpkin back into the pot.
- Using a hand mixer, start on low speed and blend until combined. Then beat on medium-high speed until very smooth, about a minute.
- Use your fresh pumpkin puree in your next recipe or freeze it for 6 – 8 months. Some websites say it freezes well for up to one (1) year!
- You can also cut the pumpkin into quarters (4 pieces) and scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Note: The pumpkin may take a little longer to cook because the pieces are larger.
- Use a food processor, potato masher or an immersion blender to puree the cooked pumpkin.
- My 3 1/4 pound pumpkin yielded two (2) 1 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree. That equals two (2) 15-ounce cans of pumpkin. Score!
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Excited to use your fresh pumpkin purée?!
Here are a some yummy pumpkin recipes you might enjoy!
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