Step by Step: How to Make Pumpkin Puree
I don’t know if you remember me professing my love for pumpkin last year, but I’ll tell you again: I love pumpkin. Pumpkin is so very useful in making all sorts of fall delicacies and can even yield some healthy snacks. So nstead of buying canned pumpkin this year, why not make your own pumpkin puree? It’s much easier than you might think and it’s definitely worth the effort just to add that fresh taste to all of your pumpkin recipes this fall. I bought a pie pumpkin this year for $1 at our local Dominick’s so as an added bonus, this puree didn’t cost much to make! You can use pumpkin puree in soups, pies, even casseroles! So why not have some ready to go?
Recipe after the jump!
Step 1: Cut pie pumpkin in half. Lay on cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes in a 375-degree oven.
Step 2: Remove from the oven, turn pumpkin halves over and let cool.
Step 3: Scoop out stringy pumpkin goop and seeds and discard (or save seeds and bake them!)
Step 4: Scoop out pumpkin pulp into a bowl or measuring cup…
…make sure you scrape the skins until they are clean of pulp!
Step 5: Stir and mash the pulp it’s smooth. Discard anything that shouldn’t be there.
Step 6: Pour into a food processor and blend (or use an immersion blender). Return to measuring cup for easy use in recipes!
Step 7: Refrigerate until needed.
A quick how-to for making your own pumpkin puree!
1 pie pumpkin
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
Using a small knife, remove the stem at the top of the pumpkin. Cut pumpkin in half. Place face-side down onto baking sheet and cook in preheated 375-degree oven for 45 minutes. Test for doneness by piercing with a fork. Let cool.
Turn over the pumpkin halves and gently scoop out seeds and strings and discard (leave the pumpkin pulp intact while scooping). Now scoop the pumpkin pulp into a separate bowl or measuring cup. Scrape skin of pumpkin clean.
Mash and stir the pumpkin pulp. For best results, use an immersion blender or a food processor to blend pumpkin pulp and make puree.