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10/1/13 6:29 P

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Yes ma'mam, it sure is..even down to carving the them.. I love to look at the children's faces when they see their finished product from carving to painting them. I miss that the most now that my children are all grown up. but give me a chance to jump in a help out with other kids and I'm right there. I love all the Holidays with the children it just brightens so many lives.. emoticon

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10/1/13 12:21 P

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Great job, even if you're inundated by pumpkins, it's fun when they ripen, isn't it?

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9/29/13 9:18 P

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Yum,yum...I love pumpkins. Specialy fresh pumpkin when it is cooking, and once you add those spices that's even better emoticon

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9/29/13 1:52 P

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So I harvested that first round of pumpkins and they were, indeed, ripe. I sold a few at my local farmer's market community table and processed/froze the rest of the Orange Cuties.

A few weeks later I harvested a second round of pumpkins. Boy does Rouge vif D'Etampes cook up nicely!

So now I have a freezer full of pumpkin, about 10 pumpkins decorating my deck and entry...and a bunch more still in my garden.

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8/13/13 12:22 A

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Could they have used canned pumpkin? I hate the smell of canned pumpkin. I can tell now days looking at something if it was made with canned pumpkin. I passed up pumpkin pie once because I knew it was canned. But I will eat pumpkin pie using fresh pumpkin year round (if I remember to make it).

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Personally I do not eat pumpkin. I had somone make me some pumpkin pancakes and they were so sronge with the flavor they made me ill and I cannot tolerate the smell of them today

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8/11/13 12:33 P

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I did that one year. I ended up donating them to the school and the kids carved them.

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8/9/13 8:47 P

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I picked 24 Orange Cuties and one Cinderella Pumpkin today. Wow!

I'm going to try to sell some at my farmers' market's community table tomorrow. Whatever's left will go into the freezer. I still have lots of yellow pumpkins on the vines and there are still new blooms coming up.

Clearly I planted WAY too many pumpkins this year!

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Im in Nor Cal and just harvested 3 orange pumpkins. Turns out in our warmer climates we aren't supposed to plant them until um..NOW. LOL Oh well,

I like to puree them (after baking) and freeze it for the fall baking.

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8/8/13 8:11 P

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I think they are calling for pumpkin not to be canned anymore, even the chunks they were saying were ok a couple years ago, if pressure canned.

I used to boil my pumpkin like previously stated, but now I bake them, cut into wedges and bake with the skin on, that way you do lose more of the water that will need to be strained later. I scrape off the skin, puree with a food strainer attachment for my KitchenAid mixer and put into jelly bags to drain off the excess water. I then bag in 2 cup portions and freeze.

When I was a kid I used to gag at the smell of pumpkin. I hate pumpkin carving day at school, I liked carving them but hated the smell. I wouldn't eat anything with pumpkin. As a teen I tried to get myself to eat pumpkin pie on a few occasions. Even made the pie myself one Christmas just trying to get over it. Nothing worked. Then in my early 20's I was home for Thanksgiving. We had just had a funeral for my step-brother's father the day before and his mom asked him if it was ok if we celebrated Thankgiving. He said yes. We started cooking dinner when my step-mom realized she didn't have pumpkin for pie (secretly I cheered). My dad said to do what his granny used to do, boil up a pumpkin and puree that. She did and I thought the pie actually smelled yummy, so at dessert I decided to try a sliver, and then ate 2 pieces. My sister came along and my step-mom told her to try the pie, as Miss Picky (me), just finished 2 slices. Now my whole family eats pie this way. No cans for us anymore.

ETA: I still gag at the smell of canned pumpkin. I have to use it at work as I have no time or donations of fresh pumpkin to make fresh puree for our food program.

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8/8/13 3:47 P

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Darn, I didn't realize that pumpkin has to be pressure-cooker canned. I guess that I will be freezing a lot of pumpkin!

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8/8/13 10:16 A

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When you process them is entirely up to you. For myself, it depends on how busy I am. If I'm busy, I just put them aside until I can get to them. I usually freeze them myself - boil them in a bit of water, remove the rind (easier to do after you cook them than before), puree in a blender so it is nice and smooth (you often have to add some of the liquid that you cooked them in), then I put them in a strainer to let the extra liquid drain out so the puree is thicker. I put the liquid back in the pot for the next batch. I freeze them in 2 cup or 4 cup containers, since that is the amount I use for my pie recipe. Once done, I let the rest of the cooking water cool, then put the water, rinds and the stringy insides in my compost bin. The seeds I usually just rinse and dry, then put in a container with the rest of the food that I have for the dozen or so squirrels that I feed since we don't really eat pumpkin seeds much. The seeds ARE good for you, so when I did roast them I would soak them in a strong brine solution overnight and then roast them. That way, they are salty on the inside instead of just the outside - but not overly salty.

Some people prefer to roast or microwave the pumpkins, then mash or puree them in a food processor or food mill. That way you don't have to mess with adding more water to blend them and then straining it back out in order to have thick puree. I've never canned it because in order to be safe you really need to use a pressure canner and I only have a water bath canner.

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Thank you!

Yes, I am (mostly) growing them for eating and would like to try canning the pumpkin. I'll keep a couple for Halloween and give a few away to kids too.

My garden is in a fairly out-of-the-way spot on the edge of a nursery, but there is one very destructive little boy who plays in the area. Not a teenager, he is about 9...but you make a good point!

After I pick them, do they need to sit to mature or would it be fine to process them for canning/freezing right away?

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Once they are orange, they are ripe. I've picked pumpkins as early as August many times. On the plus side, since pumpkins are a winter squash, you can pick them now and they will still be fine in October. In fact, they will probably last until spring if you store them in a cool place.
Once a pumpkin starts to turn orange, it won't get any larger and can actually be picked at that time. If you are growing them for eating, it's best to wait until they are completely orange if at all possible, for the best nutritional value. We grow pumpkins at the park district garden plots that we rent. Since orange pumpkins seem to attract unwanted attention from teenage boys who then may decide to go in and smash all of them just for fun (doesn't happen every year, fortunately, and we haven't had any damaged pumpkins for a few years now at least), we do tend to pick the pumpkins once they start turning orange and bring them home to finish turning - to avoid giving anyone a reason to come in and see what is growing.
When it starts getting colder, before it freezes, we do pick all the rest of the pumpkins even if they are still green. Most will ripen over the winter.

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Seems like a silly question, but it has been years since I have had the space to grow pumpkins and I'm not sure how to judge ripeness. I guess that in the past I have just waited until October and cut the ones that are orange.

Early August seems like WAY too early to have ripe pumpkins...but I have a few that are big, orange and look ready to come off the vine. Any pointers?

I am growing Cinderella heirloom pumpkins (Rouge Vif D'Etampes) and Orange Cutie Hybrids, both from Territorial Seed Company. I'm in Oregon, in the Willamette Valley, Zone 6.

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