Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and More Pumpkins

For all of you who live in the States, you are probably like me and have several pumpkins still outside from Halloween fun.

Not quite sure what to do with them now?  EAT THEM!

Not sure how?  You can bake, boil, and microwave them.  Thanks to allrecipes.com– here’s how:

There are three ways to transform an uncooked pumpkin into the puree used in baking and for soups:Baking Method

  • Cut the pumpkin in half and discard the stem section and stringy pulp. Save the seeds to dry and roast
  • In a shallow baking dish, place the two halves face down and cover with foil
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for about 1½ hours for a medium-sized sugar pumpkin, or until tender
  • Once the baked pumpkin has cooled, scoop out the flesh and puree or mash it
  • For silky smooth custards or soups, press the pumpkin puree through a sieve

 

Boiling Method

  • Cut the pumpkin in half, discarding the stringy insides
  • Peel the pumpkin and cut it into chunks
  • Place in a saucepan and cover with water
  • Bring to a boil and cook until the pumpkin chunks are tender
  • Let the chunks cool, and then puree the flesh in a food processor or mash it with a potato masher or food mill

 

Microwave Method

  • Cut the pumpkin in half, discarding the stringy insides
  • Microwave on high power for seven minutes per pound, turning pieces every few minutes to promote even cooking. Process as above
  • You can refrigerate your fresh pumpkin puree for up to three days, or store it in the freezer up to six months, enabling you to enjoy fall pumpkins for months to come

 

The pumpkin does not always have to be pureed, it is also delicious purely baked (similar to butternut squash).  Here is a fabulous past recipe from Rachael Ray:  http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=2990

 

And don’t forget to dress up the seeds:  Sweet or Salty?

Thanks Real Simple for this recipe: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/sweet-and-salty-pumpkin-seeds-00000000021368/index.html

 

For more great recipes that I love using Pumpkins, visit the facebook page for Storytellers Events!

 

(picture courtesy of marthastewart.com)

 

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