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Cooking With Fresh Pumpkin



I had trouble finding can pumpkin lately & canning fresh pumpkin takes time w/ peeling, cooking, sticking to the pot, & putting it in jars. My mother told me about baking them. I may never use can pumpkin again. Put one small pie pumpkin in a 350 deg oven & baked for 1 1/2 hours (until real brown). Took out & cooled for about 15 min. Sliced in half, scooped out seeds and the skin literally peeled off. Put the pulp in bowl, mixed w/hand mixer & 38 oz of creamy pumpkin ready to use. So easy

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    I've never heard of pumpkin in cans. Certainly can't get that in Australia. Sounds like it would be right handy though as I hate peeling pumpkin because it's too hard on my wrist and hands. - by MOTLEM
  • Wow thanks for the recipe for cooking the pie pumpkins. I bought them and did not know exactly haow to cook them. I will give your recipe a try! emoticon - by ANTWEEN
  • When I baked the pumpkin there was little to no water in it. After mixing it up with the beaters (to get it smooth), it had just a bit of a watery texture, but nothing that had to be poured off. If you bake it long enough, there should be no water left in it. - by POLLKAT
  • I have a question though. Is there a lot of water you have to squeeze out of it? When I cooked pumpkin before, I found there was so much water in it. I put it through a strainer to get some water out and then my strainer was all gucked up. I love the idea of using fresh but would love to hear what you do about the excess water. - by CATIEMARIE
  • Since I moved to Holland, I have not been able to find canned pumpkin. Thus, I always roast pumpkins that way. I did try boiling it once, but it lost so much flavor and was a bit mushier.

    I love the flavor you get with roasting pumpkins that way. Matter of fact, I just roasted a small pumpkin today which I'm going to use for muffins. :) - by POOTERBUG
  • Thank you so much!

    If you go to you will find the explanation as to why we could not find canned pumpkin on the shelves at our grocers. Too much rain and mud.

    I will try baking my own pumpkin! emoticon - by ***DEBRA***

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