Tuesday, October 09, 2012

How to Freeze Pie Pumpkin

I do not buy pumpkin in a can, because I'm pretty sure I can taste the can, but I do enjoy the occasional pumpkin treats! So finally this year I decided I would make my own pumpkin puree - no cans! It is simple and so healthy for you. These are sweeter than the larger carving pumpkins.
I started with 2 pie pumpkins. They are smaller pumpkins and they usually say specifically "pie pumpkins".  Mine cost $1.99 each. So throw away your cans and make your own pumpkin puree! It's worth the time and the cost! These are the best for everyone's favorite bars Simply Homemade Pumpkin Bars!

Pumpkin Puree:
  • I washed my pumpkins in warm water first, then cut them in half. I started at the top next to the stem and used a serrated knife to cut it in half.
  • Scoop out the seeds and the stringy stuff part.
  • Place the pumpkin halves upside down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Using a spoon, remove the pumpkin from the skins.
  • Use a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • I froze mine to use later. It will be great for pumpkin pies, pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, or your favorite pumpkin food.
  • It yielded 4 cups of pumpkin puree from each pumpkin. 

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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