In conjunction with my last post, here is a quick DIY on making fresh pumpkin for pies and whatnot for thanksgiving or for when you want a pie in the middle of the year!!
I don't have any cool pictures of this process, but its really easy, I promise!!
- Cut up and clean out a pumpkin - I have used big ones, little ones etc - just whatever kind you want - there is a lot of debate on using "pie pumpkins" vs others, but honestly, they are all the same to me!
- Cut up the pumpkin into chunks and BOIL (yes, boil) them in a large pot with about a cup of sugar to 8 cups water.
- boil for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the pumpkin is tender and can be mashed very easy with a fork.
- Drain water in a colander, and let sit to drain for about 5 minutes.
- Throw the chunks of pumpkin (skin and all!!) into a blender and blend until it is pureed and smooth.
- Fill large Ziploc baggies with roughly 2-4 cups in each bag and freeze laying flat, like this:
- Then it is easy to stack and store for when you need them!!
There are LOTs of ways to do this, so do what you are comfortable with - I personally like mine with skin on - it really gives it a good earthy taste, and I swear, it even makes it taste "more pumpkin" lol :-)
If you are interested in some other ways, check out this site and see the baking method!!
How do you make your pumpkin puree??