Embrace the joys of fall baking with fresh, homemade pumpkin puree, the key ingredient in countless seasonal recipes. Whether it’s a classic pumpkin pie or a modern pumpkin spice latte, homemade puree enhances the flavor like no other. And guess what? Making it is a breeze!
FAQs about Pumpkin Puree:
- What is it? It’s freshly roasted and pureed pumpkin. Though microwaving is an option (7 minutes per pound), roasting brings out a richer flavor.
- How does it compare to canned pumpkin? If you’re buying 100% pumpkin cans, they’re essentially puree. However, beware of pumpkin pie fillings, which include sugars and spices, and are not the same.
- Can we eat pumpkin seeds? Absolutely! Roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are nutritious and versatile. Don’t waste them; they’re a tasty treat!
Selecting the Right Pumpkin:
Opt for sugar pumpkins (sometimes labeled pie pumpkins). They’re smaller, around 2 pounds, and offer a sweet, smooth texture. The larger jack-o’-lantern variants are tough, stringy, and lack flavor.
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PUREE RECIPE
- 2 small pumpkins
- Prepping the Pumpkin: Using a sharp knife, slice off the tops, discard, and halve the pumpkins. Remove seeds and strings, saving seeds for roasting.
- Roasting: Place pumpkin wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until soft.
- Pureeing: Once cooled, remove the skin. In batches, process the pumpkin in a food processor until smooth. If it’s too thick, add a touch of water. A blender or even manual tools like a potato masher or ricer can also do the job.
- Straining: If you’re using the puree for pies, let it drain in a strainer for about 30 minutes to remove excess water.
While making your own puree might be a bit more labor-intensive than buying a can, the cost savings and flavor payoff during pumpkin season make it worth the effort.
Store the fresh puree in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze in 1-cup portions or smaller ice cube trays. This way, you can savor the delightful taste of fall long after the season ends.