Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Free Pumpkin and a little work

My sister blessed me with a HUGE beautiful pumpkin. It's been years since I cooked a pumpkin but I had hoped I would be able to find one this year since it would help stretch my grocery budget. Thank you, Lord!

I had read that you should not pressure can pumpkin that had been pureed so I decided to freeze most of the pumpkin in 2 cup servings. I have about 1/4 of the pumpkin left and I hope to pressure can it in chunks tomorrow. I'll use it in soups this winter.


I scraped out the seeds inside the pumpkin with a large spoon making sure it was nice and clean with no strings. I placed the seeds in a strainer to clean. I cut the pumpkin in large pieces and then placed them in my tallest pot. I filled the pot with water about 1/4 of the way full and steamed the pumpkin until I cook easily pierce it with a fork. It took at least 30 minutes of steaming with the lid on.

Once it cooled I used a cheese slicer to peel off the skin. I cut the pumpkin flesh into chunks and pureed them in my food processor. I had to add a little bit of water to get the pumpkin moving in the processor. Once it cooled I scooped out 2 cups and poured it into a small baggie. I ended up with 6 bags (one of which I gave to my aunt).






I followed Crystal's suggestions on processing the seeds and they turned out perfect. I cleaned the seeds well removing all the pulp and then placed them in a large pot. For every 1/2 cup of seeds Crystal said to add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 cups of water. I boiled the seeds in the salt water for about 10 minutes and then drained in a colander.




 I poured olive oil in the corner of a cookie sheet and then placed the seeds onto the tray coating them with oil. I baked them at 400 degrees until they were brown. I stirred them a couple of times.





 The picture above was taken before I baked them so they had not browned yet. They turned out great!!

4 comments:

  1. I've only cooked a pumpkin once and that was years ago. If I remember correctly I peeled it first and it was a job to do that. I'll be it's so much easier after it's been cooked!

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  2. I have some cooked pumpkin in the freezer that I made soup with. Husband didn't like it too much at the time and so that is why it is frozen now. He may not remember that he doesn't like it due to his Alzheimer's. I need to take it out! i liked it!

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  3. I love using pumpkin in soups, and not just my pumpkin soup recipes...it's great just to add to the soup pot. I also use it in rice. Have a good week!

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  4. Looks great. I have a few pumpkins I need to cook up myself. I just love baking with pumpkin.

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