How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree | Step-by-Step Guide with Annessa Chumbley
Oct 7th, 2014
If you can carve a pumpkin, then you will find that making homemade pumpkin pulp is something you can do in your sleep! As much as I love carving pumpkins, it’s like an event to me, and I’ve found that I enjoy making homemade pumpkin for our fall recipes much better. My kids love to get a pumpkin that is a little more their size – a pie pumpkin, also called a sugar pumpkin – and take it all the way from a heart-warming decoration….to a delicious pie or pumpkin granola.
Step 1: Admire your sugar pumpkin. They are beautiful!
Sugar pumpkins (also called pie pumpkins), are smaller than carving pumpkins – usually about 2 – 4 pounds. They are also sweeter and less stringy, which makes them ideal for cooking.
Step 2: Cut off the stem, and slice pumpkin in half.
Use a sharpened knife, and completely slice the beauty in half. No peeling required. Also, turn your oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 3: Scoop out the seeds.
This is also much easier than scooping out the seeds of a carving pumpkin. In fact, a large household spoon will do just fine. If you’re really motivated, save those seeds, rinse them, roast them, and eat them as a snack! (My favorite way is sprinkled with garlic powder, fresh rosemary, and sea salt). They are packed with iron for energy, zinc for immunity, and magnesium (for everything else).
Step 4: Bake
Put both sides of the pumpkin on a baking sheet. It will not matter whether you put them cut-side down or skin-side down; I’ve tried both, and the results are the same. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes. Pumpkin will become soft and fork-tender. The skin will become deep orange and easy to poke through.
Step 5: Remove, Scoop, Process & Puree!
Let cool just a bit, and then scoop the cooked pumpkin from its soft shell into a food processor or high-powered blender. Its at this stage where my kids want to eat it straight (which surprised me)…but it is seriously delicious! However, don’t stop now! You’re almost there.
The pumpkin may look stringy when you remove it, but will become smooth as you fully process it. Oh yeah, and the most beautiful bright golden color you’ve ever seen!
Step 6: Eat, make sweet, or freeze
I like to put the fresh pumpkin in 1 cup measurements in a zip-top bag and freeze it….if we get that far. Usually we will put this stuff by scoopfuls into hot morning oatmeal, or use it to make Pumpkin Spice Granola, or a homemade healthy pumpkin pie.
Enjoy autumn’s most perfect little vegetable….straight from scratch!