Homemade Pumpkin Puree: Pumpkin Season – Part 1

Can you smell it?

Fall is in the air!

It is time for sweaters, apple picking, jeans, football, Halloween, and (most importantly) PUMPKINS! #pumpkinallofthethings

This weekend the mini diva and myself hit the grocery store (and grossly over spent…whoops!). It was your regular, every day trip until I saw it…THE PIE PUMPKIN!

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THE PIE PUMPKINS WERE OUT!!!

Before you could blink I had gently placed my pumpkin next to the bread and eggs (where it would stay safe from those mean pizza rolls and pop tarts!) and my daughter kept going on about the pumpkin and would we carve it, etc.

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When we got my precious home, my littlest man kept going on and on and on about how it was his pumpkin and how he wanted to carry it all over the house. This made me twitchy. After all, it was my pumpkin 😉

Finally, I was able to pry it from him kicking and screaming and set it where none of the midgets could reach so that after the kiddos were safely tucked into their beds I could bake my pumpkin, snuggle with hubby, and watch Doctor Who.

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I grabbed my pumpkin and my adult beverage and got to work! First step was to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pretty standard…for everything! I swear, if I am making up a recipe I always start at 350 and adjust from there…might just be me, though.

Next I grabbed the biggest knife in the kitchen and did my best scary movie killer impression.

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Then I dug into chopping my pumpkin in half. Some people chop the stem off of their pumpkin first, but I choose to leave it on there. Probably out of laziness.

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Now, this trusty knife and I have been together as long as I have been married to my husband. In fact, my Maid of Honor bought it for me. Unfortunately, it met it’s end on this very pumpkin and the handle snapped. *sad face* I went for my next biggest pumpkin and resumed the chopping (after a quick sip ‘o beer!).

Once you have your pumpkin chopped in half you have to scoop out all of the seeds and guts. Usually I make roasted pumpkin seeds while making puree, but my motivation to tear the seeds from the guts was lacking (and Doctor Who was waiting) so I just chucked them.

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After the insides are all scooped and clean place both halves down in a glass baking dish. This is a personal preference. I have seen people use deep baking sheets, etc, but I always feel better with my Pyrex. In order to make them fit I put them in opposites. Head to Toe as Elaine (from Seinfeld…am I aging myself with that one?) would say.

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Next, add about a 1.4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan. This is going to keep your pumpkin nice and moist (sorry if you HATE that word!) by pretty much steaming the flesh.

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Once you have the water added and your pumpkins arranged the way you would like, pop that puppy in the oven. Start with 60 minutes, but be prepared to cook it for a total of 90 minutes. This is going to depend on the size and density of your pumpkin.

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After 60 I gave mine a poke, but the skin didn’t have much give to it so back in went Jack for another 30 minutes. This time when I took it out the skin would stay where I put it when I poked it.

CAUTION!! Please be careful with this next part!! Your pumpkin halves with be extremely hot when they come out so use pot holders when dealing with your gourd. You are going to want to scrape the flesh from the skin into a bowl. This is much easier to go while hot. The flesh is going to come out pretty stringy still and not really looking like canned pumpkin.

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This is where your trusty blender or food processor comes in handy. Now you may remember that I broke my food processor a while back, so I pulled out my trusty, old, hand-me-down blender. I really need to invest in some new kitchen appliances one of these days! Maybe Santa will bring me a KitchenAid! I digress…

Scoop some pumpkin into your device and add a splash of water and turn ‘er on! It shouldn’t take long to make your pumpkin flesh look like delicious and gourmet baby food! I promise, this is a good thing! DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR BLENDER! It will not all fit in one go-around…don’t even try. No one wants to clean that mess!

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Doesn’t that look divine?! I know that it doesn’t look like your store bought, overly orange can of pumpkin…but there is a reason for that 🙂 Now scoop that golden deliciousness into your container of choice. I tend to always use re-purposed glass jars (this one used to contain pickles!) because I just feel that they keep food fresh longer.

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DROOL

Now this one pumpkin filled two big jars. I am only showing you one because the other one still had a label on it and was not cute. You’re welcome. No get Ye to a store and cook yourself up a pumpkin!!

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21 Comments

  1. Shaunacey

    might have to try this!!! now you need to post what you do with it!

  2. queenmommyjen

    I usually boil and cut mine up, but how simple is this. Totally going to use this when it comes time to do pumpkins!

    • mrsdmeeks

      It is crazy easy!! I love when things are so hands off

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    You made this whole pumpkin puree process look fun! I do mine the same way… but I’ll have to remember to add the adult beverage… it makes tasks like this so much more enjoyable.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    PS – Your scary movie look was good….

    • mrsdmeeks

      You HAVE to have the adult beverage 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. bsymommonologues

    The best part of fall season all these fun recipes that we make! Plus you can always impress your guest with a new dish or recipe. Thanks for sharing visiting from #shinebloghop17

  5. Rebecca

    So cool seeing the skin of the pumpkin curl up like that. WOW! Thanks for sharing this in the SHINE blog hop and getting me all excited for the fall festivities!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Isn’t it so cool!??! I think that is one of my favorite parts 🙂

      Thanks for co-hosting with Jennifer!

  6. Lauren

    This looks way better than what I get from the can, however… I will prob never make it! 😉

    • mrsdmeeks

      LOL I still use puree from a can on occasion 😉

  7. Natalina

    Thanks You! I love the commentary on pumpkins journey. I will be baking mine while I can apple sauce this afternoon. Hugs-NCB

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY!! I love it. Happy cooking and canning 🙂

  8. Poppy marler

    There is nothing like pumpkin puree from an actual pumpkin. It’s the best!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Isn’t it?! It just makes me happy 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. like Sara…but with a d

    So canned pumpkin is full of dye? huh. Is it more cost effective to make your own as well? I have no idea how much an actual pumpkin costs…

    • Anne Marie D

      I literally just bought 2 pie pumpkins for $5 and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER for only a slightly bigger cost.

  10. Carlee

    I really need to try this sometime! I love the idea of making my own and gives me an excuse to get more pumpkins!!

    • Anne Marie D

      I find that more pumpkins is the solution to all of the world’s problems 🙂 And I *might* actually have a pumpkin in the oven right now!

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