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Pumpkin Puree Recipe

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 small pumpkins

Instructions:

  1. Prepping the Pumpkin: Using a sharp knife, slice off the tops, discard, and halve the pumpkins. Remove seeds and strings, saving seeds for roasting.
  2. Roasting: Place pumpkin wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until soft.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Storage:

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.

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