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How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree`

Fresh pumpkin puree`is a simple process of baking the pumpkin, removing the flesh, then pureeing it with a blender instead of mashing like we do with potatoes.  It’s so easy!  Homemade pumpkin is always the best!

If you haven’t purchased any of the smaller pumpkins yet, now would be a good time.  Once you taste the difference with homemade pumpkin instead of the store-bought brands, you’ll never go back.  We’ll show you how easy it is to make homemade pumpkin puree so you can make it every year!

We like to save the seeds for snacking; pulling the seeds out and roasting them.
Instead of serving popcorn, pumpkin seeds make a healthier snack for kids, and for us too!

Now is that time of year when we can actually make fresh pumpkin and use it in so many recipes, scrumptious desserts, muffins, pies, and cakes.  It’s Endless!

Even after Halloween, we never throw out the pumpkins (only the ones that we use to carve out creepy faces for Halloween). Making fresh pumpkin puree can be a fun project to do with the kids!  You can enjoy making enough to last all winter long!

You’ll enjoy the home-made pumpkin taste so much more. You’ll love it as much as we do, we promise!  You can definitely taste the difference for sure.

If you can’t make it fresh, we recommend to look for the “organic” brand of pumpkin they sell at your local supermarket. It will do the job.

Here’s a Tip:   Measure 1 or 2 cups of pumpkin puree, place into quart-size zip-lock bags, laid flat so they will fit well in your freezer.  If you need to, label each bag the amount for future baking.  Then enjoy using your fresh pumpkin in all your recipes, all season long!

Making Fresh Pumpkin Puree`

  • 1 small pumpkin – about 6 x 6 inches
  • some water
  • deep baking dish
  • foil wrap

Preheat oven 400 degrees.
Cut Pumpkin into quarters.  Discard the stem.
Using a spoon and scoop out the seeds and place them aside.

In a deep baking dish, place the quarters with the skins down.
Pour enough water to fill about 1/2 to 1-inch deep. 
Cover with foil wrap.
Bake for 1 hour.

Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh from the skins and place directly into a blender or food processor.  Discard the skins.
Puree`the pumpkin to a smooth texture.
Store in air tight containers, or zip-lock bags and freeze.
Freeze up to one year.

Yields: about 3 cups

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    nancy at good food matters
    October 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    great tips at a perfect time. pumpkin puree can be used in so many tasty ways throughout the year.

  • Reply
    annaliz
    October 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Nancy! I will be using my pumkin for some recipes very soon!

  • Reply
    Marin mama cooks
    November 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Ok, this totally looks so easy! I've always wanted to puree a fresh pumpkin, but I've been lazy because my favorite brand of organic pumping puree is alway on sale and it's just perfect. I do have to try this just once at least to taste the difference, right? Thanks for posting this as it's a great how to recipe! xoxo, Jackie

  • Reply
    annaliz
    November 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Yes Jackie! Totally- you just have to try it once! I recommend getting your hubby to help with cutting the larger pumpkins, that part can be a pain to do. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Fantastic post. I've never made my own pumpkin puree but this should help!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    We are in a pumpkin frenzy these days! I made fresh pumpkin puree one year but need to try again. Fresh is best! Have a lovely weekend – looks like some storms coming your way 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 4, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Thanks Tricia- have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    October 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Great tutorial, ladies! Fresh is always best!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      October 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

      Thank you Sue! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Barbara Bakes
    November 10, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I'm never made my own pumpkin puree. I need to give it a try.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      November 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Barbara! You know what they usually say? Once you start, you'll never go back! Fresh is always best!
      Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by!
      Xoxo

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