How To Make Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

How To Make Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is one of the easiest things to make from scratch.  You can replace your canned pumpkin with pumpkins fresh from your garden, and it hardly takes any effort at all.  The best kind of pumpkins are sugar or pie pumpkins, so buy or grow those if you want a nice smooth puree.  Carving pumpkins are stringy and not as yummy.

I’ve attempted to grow pumpkins in the garden for about three years straight now, and I always start them too late.  Last year I actually got one tiny little pumpkin and we roasted it, but I also do this with pumpkins from the store, or even homegrown butternut, acorn, or spaghetti squash.  If you don’t have any pumpkin and you are in dire need of a pumpkin pie butternut squash makes an awesome substitute, and you cook it exactly the same way.

Here’s How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut your pumpkin in half
  • Scoop out the seeds
  • Oil the edge of the pumpkin
  • Set oiled edge down on cookie sheet
  • Bake 45-60 minutes or until soft
  • Let cool
  • Scoop the flesh out of skin
  • Mash or blend the cooked pumpkin to the consistency you want

Ta da!  That’s seriously it.  So easy!  Even the kitchen illiterate such as myself can manage this one without too many problems.  (Yes, I’ve managed to burn the pumpkin before…)

You can compost the skin, or feed it to the chickens as a natural dewormer.  The seeds can also be fed to the chickens, or roasted for the humans.

This makes great, muffins, pies, cheesecake, bread, smoothies, or anything pumpkin flavored that uses pumpkin puree.  Last Christmas we made a pumpkin cake with awesome cream cheese frosting.  As a general rule, cream cheese frosting makes everything even more awesome.  But there are just SO MANY ways to use it.  My all time favorite way to use pumpkin puree is in this pumpkin cashew dairy free cheesecake.

What’s your favorite pumpkin-y food?

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