Why would anyone want to cook with fresh
pumpkin when one can buy canned pumpkin from the store? That is easy;
taste. Have you tasted the difference between tomatoes that come
fresh out of a garden and tomatoes that you buy at the store? The
difference is like eating real tomato tasting the way God meant a
tomato to taste and eating cardboard. There is as big a difference
between fresh pumpkin and the pumpkin you buy in a can from the
store. You haven't had pumpkin pie until you have pumpkin pie made
with fresh pumpkin.
There are several different ways to cook fresh
pumpkin. This is my favorite method. It does take some time. I
usually set aside an entire afternoon. Instead of making supper that
night I send out for pizza. I know that pumpkin day will be a long
Warning Do not cook any pumpkin that isn't fresh. If the pumpkin is used a s a jack-o-lantern, it cannot be used for food. You are risking food poisoning.
1. Wash the pumpkin.
2. Heat the oven to 5000.
3. Cut the pumpkin open and clean out the
inside. I usually cut it in half for this.
4. After cutting it into large pieces, put the
pumpkin in a big turkey toaster. Add about a half inch to an inch of
water. Bake until tender.
5. Let the cooked pumpkin cool completely. .
6. Once the pumpkin is completely cool, peel of
the rind. Baking it has made this much easier. Many times you won't
even need a knife.
7. Now it is time for your food processor. If
you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender. A blender
will take about two times as long, but it will work. Puree the
8. Put the pumpkin in a strainer and let it
drain. Get as much of the water out of it as you can.
9. All the books on home canning say that at
this point you should simmer the pumpkin until well heated,. If that
will make you feel safer, have at it. I never do this.
10. If you are going to freeze the pumpkin, put
2 cups in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. That is it.
Remember: All the recipes that use pumpkin
usually call for 2 cups.
When using real pumpkin for a pie, use less
liquid when you are mixing the filling. This isn't necessary for
cakes and cookies.
Fresh pumpkin will not be the dark orange of canned pumpkin. The cannery uses food coloring to get that color. You can if it makes you more comfortable.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I
have included many of my favorite things about Thanksgiving on the
following pages. Enjoy your visit.
The Thanksgiving home page.
you know who to thank?
My feelings about what is
really important about this holiday.
Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
Some of my favorites and some
new ones that I am going to try this year. there are three pages of these recipes.
How to prepare
You haven't had pumpkin pie
until you have had pumpkin pie made with 'real'
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