How to Cook Pumpkin
After halving a pumpkin and removing the seeds, it’s time to make roasted pumpkin!
You can brush the flesh of the pumpkin with oil to lock in moisture and help the edges caramelize. Using coconut oil or avocado oil when adding to something savory. Then sprinkle with a little salt, place flesh side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pierce the skin a few times with a fork or knife.
For a 2-3 pound sugar pumpkin (also called a pie pumpkin), we like to bake it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the skin is tender when pierced with a fork.
Let the pumpkin cool slightly before handling.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
Once the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh from the skin and add it to a high-speed blender or food processor.
Blend until creamy and smooth, adding a little water (only if needed).
The Blender showed in this video is available on our Quapaw Food Preservation Rental Program.
How to Preserve Pumpkin Puree
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