Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What to do with a Pie Pumpkin

 The obvious answer would be to make a pie.  But how do you get from the actual pumpkin to that canned stuff that you buy in the store?  So easy you will not believe it.  Simply cut the pumpkin in half.  Remove the seeds and the stringy goop.  Place, cut side down in a greased baking dish, cover with tinfoil and bake at 350 for 1- 1 and a half hours (til the pumpkin is very tender). It would be wise to do this while you are baking something else in your oven, or if you just want to warm up your house a bit :-)
Once the pumpkin is cooled a bit scrape the flesh into a food processor and process until smooth.  You can now use this immediately or put it in a freezer container and save it til you need it. 
Reasons to use real pumpkin:
it tastes better than canned stuff
it has not been sitting on a shelf for 12 years
you get a bonus of pumpkin seeds if you cut open a real pumpkin, and hey, you will be using the oven anyways!
It's fun to use pumpkins for something other than jack-o-lanterns, since ya know, they are food :-)

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