How to Cook a Pumpkin

Halloween is over, and people are sick of pumpkins. Well, at least they’re tired of seeing them. I don’t know anyone who is tired of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin pie. Do you know how to cook a pumpkin?

I use quite a bit of pumpkin. And so, when I recently looked at the 3 pumpkins we grew in our garden this summer (yeah, kind of pitiful I know, but it seems the pumpkin-lovin’ squash bugs have been our peskiest pest in recent years), I hated to just throw them into the dumpster. Could they have another life?

Turns out, yes they could.

After a bit of searching, I found instructions for cooking a pumpkin.

pumpkinI used their second method – basically, I cut the pumpkin into chunks (leaving the skin on) which I put on a cookie sheet. They do say that smaller pumpkins are better for cooking than larger; I think they’re more flavorful.

how to cook a pumpkinBake it for 2 hours at 350, and take it out.

how to cook a pumpkinThen after it cools, scoop out the soft inside and run it through the food processor, and voila – pumpkin puree! Made fresh from your own pumpkins!

I used it in pumpkin muffins and even as a substitute for oil in brownies because I had run out. I was a bit leery of that one, but the brownies tasted great and I didn’t detect any pumpkin flavor in them at all.



3 thoughts on “How to Cook a Pumpkin

  1. I had no idea one could substitute pumpkin for oil. I’ve learned something today!

  2. I have been known to take pumpkins when people set them out for the trash. They are easy to find this time of year. Over the years I have cooked lots of pumpkins. I have some frozen pumpkin in the freezer now. I always peel the pumpkin first. It is a horrible job. If you are not pretty agile with the paring knife – you could end up with 9 fingers instead of ten. Everytime I cook one I tell myself I am nuts to fool with it but I’ll do more. . .
    I have a pumpkin on my porch which my neighbor grew in my garden. Guess what’s eating it? Squirrels!

  3. Thanks so much for playing along!

    I, um, went through a bit of a pumpkin thing a couple of weeks ago, too – and you’re right, the puree is super useful!

    I think the last thing I did with it was use it in place of applesauce in applesauce muffins. I made pumpkinsauce muffins. 😆

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