The best way to preserve pumpkin is to puree and freeze it. I got this huge pumpkin from my daughter Jessica when I was there for Christmas, and am finally getting to doing something with it...I was told the other squash was a sweet potato squash, but it doesn't look like any of the pictures I've come across (anyone out there know what it is?) more about it tomorrow...I tried to weigh them, but they were too heavy for the kitchen scale I have, my guess is the pumpkin was at least 12 pounds.
When I opened it up, I was impressed by the intricate design the innards made...
The first step is to wash the pumpkin and then clean out the guts.
roast them, yum), washing and culling out the remaining fibers and bad seeds...
You will end up with a lovely pile of pumpkin innards that are perfect for composting!
Cut the pumpkin into similar sized chunks onto a lightly greased pan and put it into a 350 degree oven until they are fork tender, about 45 minutes. Don't put any seasoning or oil on the pumpkin.
After it's cooled a bit, remove the flesh from the skin, it should come off easily with a spoon...scrape the skin with the spoon to get as much as you can...
The puree will be a beautiful orange and taste of pure pumpkin...this is exactly what you want because you will season the puree based on whatever you are using it for.
Measure the puree in 1 cup increments...I put a little extra because I use a zip lock baggie to freeze it and there always seems to be a little left stuck to the sides of the bag...
I ended up with 16 cups of pure, delicious puree from that huge pumpkin...that will make lots of pies, cakes, cookies...who knows what else, but we'll be enjoying fresh pumpkin for quite a long while! While this is easy to do, it is a little time consuming (especially with a large pumpkin) so I didn't get to working with my mystery squash. More about it in tomorrow's post!
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I love toasted pumpkin seeds. - Margy
I'm thinking pumpkin and mashed potatoes combined! Yummy! Hugs!
Well done! Pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread are two of our favorites.
I agree Margy, we love them raw too!
Great idea dad, I just might have to try that! Hugs back:)
Thanks Vicki, I do love pumpkin soup! Another to add to the list:)
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