I've never made pumpkin purée before, but I hear that it beats the stuff in a can (no surprise there, but I've never used it). I had 3 beautiful pie pumpkins that I purchased as backups for my Thanksgiving stuffed pumpkin dish (in case I couldn't find a good sized regular pumpkin). I knew when I bought them that if I didn't stuff them, I would purée them. I was really hoping this would end up being the case, I mean, this is how they do it in the mountains, and though time consuming, easy to do! We are having friends over for dinner tomorrow, and real pumpkin pie will be our desert, yum!
I'm sharing my method for making the purée; even though this is the first time I have made it, I do say it turned our perfectly. I combined a few different methods to arrive at what I think is the best approach (I know, you are thinking, 'of course Lise is thinking this is the best approach'...I promise to let you know if I'm wrong, but the purée looks pretty darn good to me!).
Here are my 3 small pie pumpkins...
The first step is to wash them and cut off the stems. Be careful doing this; the stems are tough and your knife can easily slip. Then cut the top off the pumpkin and cut the pumpkin into quarters. Scoop out the seeds and stringy parts (save the seeds for roasting of course, click on the link to see how, you do the same thing for pumpkin as you do for acorn squash).
Slice the cleaned pumpkin slices in half,
ée to be pure (then it can be used for any recipe).
Cook the pumpkin at 425 degrees until they are fork tender, about 45 - 50 minutes.
After the pumpkin has cooled, remove the skins (I actually don't know that this step is necessary, when I make pumpkin soup, I leave the skin on and after the immersion blender has done it's thing, you don't know the skins are there! The skin has a lot of nutrition after all! But I chose not to do that this time, though I just may try it the next time; this go round gives me the pure purée!) Sometimes the peel right off, and sometimes you need to scoop the meat free.
Then put the meat into a food processor blend until smooth. Isn't that a rich yellow (is that a piece of skin I see...)?
I measured the purée and put it into bags based on the "norm" of what pumpkin recipes call for, which is a can or 15 oz. of pumpkin. This bag has 16 oz. because I figure after scooping it out of the bag, there will be less than 16 oz. The bag then goes right into the freezer.
I saved another package with 1 1/2 cups in it, for my pie recipe tomorrow. And I have 1 more baggie for the freezer, with 1 cup of purée. In total, my 3 pumpkins made 4 1/2 cups of purée.
I'm really glad I made the purée today. I mentioned earlier that it was not difficult, but time consuming. Making the purée today put me steps ahead in preparing my menu for tomorrow's dinner.
So that's the story, simple as pie (ha ha, lol, I crack myself up sometimes). I'll let you know how everything turns out!
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