Preparing Pumpkin

close up of pumpkin

The boys are incredibly fond of pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, especially if it’s home made. I cooked and froze my own pumpkin a couple of years ago and it worked out really well so I just did it again today.

small pumpkinFirst, I bought pie pumpkins. These are smaller than your typical Hallowe’en Jack O’Lantern. Since it’s been such a long time, I went ahead and looked up a few recipe sites and they all said I should cut the pumpkin into 2-inch chunks and boil. Psssssshhhht. Like I’m going to spend a lot of time cutting pumpkin into tiny chunks and then fish them out of boiling water.

pumpkin sliced in half
Instead, I washed them, cut the stems out, and then sliced them in half. I laid them cut side down onto a pan lined with tin foil, then covered with another sheet of tin foil. They went into the oven at 400 degrees for an hour. I checked them occasionally and took them out when they seemed soft and gave under pressure.

tray of cooked pumpkins
After letting the pumpkins cool for just a few minutes, I scooped the pulp out and pureed it in the food processor. From there, it was a simple matter of measuring into 2-cup portions and putting it into quart size freezer bags. I chose 2 cups because that’s the amount required in my pie and bread recipes.

So. Now you know how to prepare your own pumpkin. 🙂 Wanna use it? Here’s a pumpkin bread recipe:

3 Cups Sugar

1 Cup oil

4 eggs, beaten

2 Cups pumpkin

3 1/2 Cups sifted flour

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp. each: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice)

1/2 tsp. cloves (optional)

1 tsp. cinnamon

2/3 Cup water

1 Cup pecans, optional

Combine sugar and oil; add beaten eggs, then add pumpkin. Add sifted dry ingredients and water. Mix; stir in nuts and pour into greased loaf pans. Fill about 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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